Special Pilot‑In‑Command Qualification Airports Revision History

(14 CFR §121.445)

Revised May 2018

 

 Revision History

Airport Changes

Change Document

Date of Change

Completely Revised List per FAA‑cancelled Advisory Circular (AC) 121‑445 and put operations specification (OpSpec) C050 into place

HBAT 03‑07

October 16, 2003

Added Thule Air Base, Greenland (BGTL)

N 8400.63

March 29, 2004

Removed – Russian airports: Domodedovo (UUDD), Moscow and Pulkovo (ULLI), St. Petersburg

N 8400.76

January 14, 2005

Removed – Chinese airport at Zhengding, Shijazhuang (ZBSJ)

N 8400.86

November 23, 2005

Added – Ponce, Puerto Rico (TJPS)

N 8400.86

November 23, 2005

Removed – Chinese airports: Wuhan (ZHHH) and Nanjing (ZSNJ)

N 8400.88

April 4, 2006

Removed – All asterisks from Alaska airports and Adak Island (NAF), AK is now a public airport

No notice; asterisks were removed since they were left over in anticipation of the AC revision that was cancelled.

April 24, 2006

Removed – Russian airports:

Yakutsk (UEEE) and Tolmachevo (UNNT)

N 8400.91

May 19, 2006

Removed – Russian airports:

Minsk‑2 (UMMS), Minsk, Belarus;

L’viv (UKLL), L’viv, Ukraine;

Simferopol (UKFF), Simferopol, Ukraine;

Kyiv/Boryspil (UKBB), Kyiv, Ukraine;

Kyiv (UKKM), Kyiv, Ukraine

N 8400.93

October 19, 2006

Removed – Chinese airports:

Pudong (ZSPD), Shanghai, China;

Zhengding (ZBSJ), Shijiazhuang, China (duplicate);

Hongqiao (ZSSS), Shanghai, China;

Binhai (ZBTJ), Tianjin, China

N 8400.93

October 19, 2006

Added – Gustavia III (TFFJ), St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, French West Indies

N 8400.93

October 19, 2006

Corrected duplications of Chinese airports

No notice.

November 13, 2006

Added – Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan (OAIX)

N 8900.43

June 13, 2008

Added – Svalbard Airport, Norway (ENSB)

Removed – Bratsk Airport, Russia (UIBB) and Irkutsk International Airport, Russia (UIII)

N 8900.79

June 26, 2009

Removed – Yekaterinburg International Airport, Russia (USSS)

Notification.

February 26, 2010

Added – Mammoth Lakes, CA (KMMH) and Akureyri, Iceland (BIAR)

N 8900.206

January 18, 2013

Added—Quito, Ecuador (SEQM)

Removed—Xian, China (ZLXY)

Changed—Seward, AK (PAWD)

N 8900.245

December 6, 2013

Added – Kathmandu, Nepal (VNKT)

Removed – Chengdu, China (ZUUU)

N 8900.304

May 27, 2015

Removed– E.T. Joshua Airport, Lessor Antilles (TVSV)

Changed– Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic (MDSD). Corrected (spelling) to “Santo Domingo” and amended Distinctive Characteristics comment.

N 8900.442

May 15, 2017

Typographical errors corrected for Tables 1 and 6.

(No notice.)  Typographical errors corrected.

 

 


 

 


 Special Pilot‑In‑Command Qualification Airport List

 (Revised May 2018)

Table 1. United States Airports (Lower 48 States)

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

Ashville, NC

KAVL

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Aspen, CO

KASE

Mountainous terrain in immediate vicinity of airport, all quadrants; high climb gradient performance requirements; special procedures.

06/20/90

Beckley, WV

KBKW

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Binghamton, NY

KBGM

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Bluefield, WV

KBLF

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Bullhead City, AZ, Laughlin/Bullhead International

KIFP

Rapidly rising terrain (north, south, and west quadrants); high departure climb gradient performance requirements.

08/30/02

Burbank, CA

KBUR

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Burlington, VT

KBTV

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Butte, MT

KBTM

Numerous obstructions; no tower.

06/20/90

Charleston, (Kanawha), WV

KCRW

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Cody, WY

KCOD

Mountainous terrain; no approach control; no tower; nonprecision approaches only.

06/20/90

Cumberland, MD

KCBE

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Durango, CO

KDRO

High terrain; no radar.

06/20/90

Eagle, CO

KEGE

Mountainous terrain; high climb gradient performance requirements.

06/20/90

Elmira, (Chemung), NY

KELM

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Flagstaff, AZ

KFLG

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Gunnison, CO

KGUC

Uncontrolled; numerous obstructions in airport area; complex departure procedures.

06/20/90

Hailey, ID (Friedman Memorial)

KSUN

Mountainous terrain; special arrival/departure procedures.

06/20/90

Hayden, Yampa Valley, CO

KHDN

Mountainous terrain; no control tower.

06/20/90

Hot Springs, VA

KHSP

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Huntington, WV

KHTS

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Jackson Hole, WY

KJAC

Mountainous terrain, all quadrants; complex departure procedures.

06/20/90

Keene/Dillant‑Hopkins, NH

KEEN

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Klamath Falls, OR

KLMT

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90


Lebanon Regional, (Lebanon), NH

KLEB

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Mammoth Lakes, CA

KMMH

Mountainous terrain; limited maneuvering area.

07/23/12

Marana, (Pinal Airpark) AZ

KMZJ

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Missoula, MT

KMSO

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Ontario, CA

KONT

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Palm Springs, CA

KPSP

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Reno, NV

KRNO

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Rifle/Garfield County Regional, CO

KRIL

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Roanoke, VA

KROA

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

San Diego, CA

KSAN

Rising terrain close to runway.

06/20/90

San Francisco Intl, CA

KSFO

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Saranac Lake, NY

KSLK

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Shenandoah Valley, VA (Stanton-Waynesboro-Harrisonburg)

KSHD

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

South Lake Tahoe, CA

KTVL

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Telluride, CO

KTEX

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Washington, DC (National)

KDCA

Special arrival/departure procedures.

06/20/90

West Yellowstone, (Yellowstone), MT

KWYS

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Table 2. United States Airports (Alaska and Hawaii)

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

Dutch Harbor, (Unalaska), AK

PADU

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Hilo Intl (General Lyman Field), HI

PHTO

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Juneau, AK

PAJN

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Kahului, HI

PHOG

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Ketchikan, AK

PAKT

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Kodiak, AK

PADQ

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Kulik Lake Airport, AK

PLKK

Mountainous terrain.

08/30/02

Lihue, Kauai, HI

PHLI

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Petersburg, AK

PAPG

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Red Dog, AK

PARD

Mountainous terrain.

08/30/02

Sand Point, AK

PASD

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Seward, AK

PAWD

Mountainous terrain.

12/06/13

Sitka, AK

PASI

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Valdez, AK

PAVD

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Wrangell, AK

PAWG

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Table 3. United States Airports (Military Airports)

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

Adak Island, AK

PADK

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Cape Lisburne (LRRS), AK

PALU

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Cape Newenham (LRRS), AK

PAEH

Runway located on mountain slope with high gradient factor; nonstandard instrument approach. Extreme slope of runway gives illusion of very steep descent when on normal glideslope for Runway 14. Departure end of Runway 32 (lower end) is flanked on the west (left) side by a filled area, which can cause the left side runway markers to appear to be runway centerline. Visibility is reported from the weather station that is located at the lower end of the runway and faces north, normally away from sun. The Runway 14 approach is to the south, normally into the sun, and effective visibility on final may be much less than reported, especially in haze, snow, or broken layered conditions. Recommend landing configuration be established far enough prior to touchdown to allow for go‑around in the event of landing gear and/or flap malfunctions, and to allow sufficient time to visually acquire the runway and establish normal glideslope. Do not rely on Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) for glideslope information. The VASI runway intercept point is 500 feet past the threshold. Reliance on the VASI will cause long landings. Runway has 5‑foot‑tall lip at both ends. Aircraft may incur significant damage when operating on gravel runways.

06/20/90

Cape Romanzof, AK

PACZ

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Indian Mountain (LRRS), AK

PAIM

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Sparrevohn (LRRS), AK

PASV

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Tin City (LRRS), AK

PATC

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Thule, Greenland

BGTL

Navigation and approach facilities are oriented to True North while the en route environment is oriented to Magnetic North. In addition to the mountainous terrain surrounding the airport, there is a runway gradient that pilots need to be aware of when landing. Operators using a Global Positioning System (GPS) as primary means without inertial platforms may not be approved to use the Thule airport as a destination or an alternate. The Air Force (AF) does not allow air carrier operations to use BGTL as an alternate because it has no passenger facilities. Air carriers operating into Thule under military contracts must provide their flightcrews with specific training and checking on Thule.

03/12/04

Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan

OAIX

Controlled explosions and de‑mining operations in vicinity of airport, air traffic control (ATC) will advise. Aircraft operating below flight level (FL) 210 may experience a loss of radio and/or radar contact with Bagram ATC at distances greater than 30 nautical miles (NM). MPN‑25 (airport surveillance radar (ASR)/precision approach radar (PAR)) principal maintenance inspector (PMI) Mon‑Fri 1930‑2130Z. High potential for hydroplaning when runway surface is wet. Runway in advanced state of decay, increased possibility of foreign object damage (FOD). Avoid overflight 1/2 mile northeast departure end Runway 03, burn pit will cause inadvertent flare dispersal. Takeoff obstacle Runway 03 4,900’ mean sea level (MSL) antennae, 599’ from departure, 510’ left of centerline. Lighted tower, 120’ above ground level (AGL), Runway 03 approach end 1,250’ east of centerline. Lighted tower, 120’ AGL, 1,250’ east of centerline midfield Runway 03/21. Possible 1/2 runway width closed for construction, contact approach for status. Taxiway H between Taxiways B and E is 44’ wide. Aircraft use inboard engine only to reduce FOD.

(Source: World Aero Data, www.worldaerodata.com).

06/13/08

Table 4. European Airports

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

Akureyri, Iceland

BIAR

Terrain; high rate of descent required on Localizer (LOC)/ distance measuring equipment (DME); engine‑out missed approach capability limited by terrain.

07/23/12

Sondre Stromfjord AB, (Kangerlussuaq) Greenland

BGSF

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Svalbard Airport, Svalbard/Longyearbyen, Norway

ENSB

Rapidly rising terrain to the north, south, and east.

06/26/09

Table 5. China (PRC) Airports

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

All Airports in the

People’s Republic of China,

 

EXCEPT: Shenzhen Huangtian Airport, China, Beijing Capital, Guangzhou, Shanghai‑Hongqiao, Tianjin‑Zhanguizhuang, Hangzhou‑Jianqiao, Shanghai‑Pudong, Shenzhen Huangtian, Dalian, Zhengding, Shijazhuang, Harbin Airports, Wuhan, Nanjing, Xian, Chengdu

All A/Ps

 

EXCEPT ZBAA, ZGGG, ZSSS, ZBTJ, ZSHC, ZSPD, ZGSZ, ZYTL, ZBSJ, ZYHB, ZHHH, ZSNJ,

ZLXY

ZUUU

Limited information.

10/19/06


Table 6. Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Airports

Note: Member countries include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

All Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), formerly the Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) Airports,

 

EXCEPT:

Anadyr, (Ugolny), Archangelsk (Talagi), Moscow (Domodedovo), Khabarovsk (Novy), Murmansk,

Pevek,

St. Petersburg (Pulkovo), Novosibirsk (Tolomachevo),  

Moscow (Sheremetyevo),

Yakutsk,

Tiksi,

Artyom (Vladivostok Intl), Moscow (Vnukovo), Sakhalin (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk),

Bratsk,

Irkutsk,

Minsk (National),

Simferopol,

Lviv (Danylo Halytskyi), Boryspil,

Gostomel (Kyiv Antonov), Yekaterinburg (Koltsovo).

All A/P’s

 

EXCEPT UHMA, ULAA, UUDD, UHHH, ULMM, UHMP, ULLI, UNNT,

UUEE,

UEEE, UEST,

UHWW, UUWW, UHSS, UIBB,

UIII, UMMS, UKFF, UKLL,

UKBB, UKKM, USSS

Limited airport information; lack of accurate Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) information; unique local procedures; local weather conditions/weather reporting; language/accents; mountainous terrain.

02/26/10

Table 7. Caribbean Airports

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

Fort De France, Martinique

TFFF

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

MUGM

Unique approach requirements; limited maneuvering airspace due to politically sensitive territorial boundaries.

06/20/90

Pointe‑A‑Pitre, Guadeloupe

TFFR

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Ponce, Puerto Rico

TJPS

High terrain to the north and numerous manmade obstacles.

11/28/05

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Las Americas)

MDSD

No radar environment; prohibited area and San Isidro Air Base approximately 3KM Northwest of MDSN.

05/15/17

St. Maarten I, Neth Antilles (Phillipsburg)

TNCM

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

St. Thomas I, Virgin Is (Charlotte Amalie)

TIST

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Gustavia III, TFFJ, St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, French West Indies

TFFJ

Severe mountainous terrain hindering an approach to both Runway 10 and Runway 28. Departure on 28 is prohibited. French Civil Aviation Authority requires a special flight check from an authorized individual and a signoff to all crewmembers that fly commercially into this airport.

10/19/06

Table 8. Central American Airports

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

Guadalajara, Mexico

MMGL

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Guatemala City, Guatemala

MGGT

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Loreto Int’l, Mexico

MMLT

Mountainous terrain.

08/30/02

San Jose, Costa Rica

MROC

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

MHTG

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Table 9. South American Airports

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

Bogota, Colombia (Eldorado International)

SKBO

Mountainous terrain.

08/30/02

Cali, Colombia

SKCL

Mountainous terrain.

08/30/02

La Paz, Bolivia

SLLP

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Arequipa, Peru

SPQU

Mountainous terrain.

05/15/03

Pasto, Colombia (Antonio Narino)

SKPS

Mountainous terrain.

08/30/02

Pereira, Colombia (Matecana)

SKPE

Mountainous terrain.

08/30/02

Quito, Ecuador

SEQM

Mountainous terrain; complexity of arrival and departure procedures.

12/06/13

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Galeao)

SBGL

Mountainous terrain; complexity of approaches.

06/20/90

Table 10. Pacific Airports

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

Fukuoka, Japan

RJFF

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Hong Kong International,

Hong Kong, PR of China

VHHH

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Pago Pago, Tutuila Island, United States (American Samoa)

NSTU

Mountainous terrain.

06/20/90

Table 11. Asia

Special PIC Qualification Airport

ICAO ID

Distinctive Characteristics

Effective Date

Kathmandu, Nepal

VNKT

Mountainous terrain. Steep approach and departure gradients. Host nation-imposed simulator-based familiarization requirement.

05/27/15