Jackson Hole Airport / JAC

« Pilot InformationGeneral Cautions

At challenging airports like JAC an inadequately planned or executed approach and touchdown can generate a runway excursion. SAFO 11011 contains Best Practices and Mitigation Strategies (see SAFO 11011_SUP link below for more information) that were identified during an independent review of JAC operations. The Best Practices and Mitigation Strategies work to ensure that flightcrews conduct stabilized approaches and touchdown with accuracy – on speed, on path, configured and landing at a point on the runway, within the touchdown zone to ensure the aircraft to be stopped on the runway, thereby avoiding a runway excursion. While some operators currently incorporate many of these items in their programs, others do not and excursions continue to occur. These best practices and mitigation strategies are widely applicable and should be considered for any challenging special airport.

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Safety Improvements

Runway Centerline Lighting System: JAC has installed RCLS to aid in mitigating the “Black Hole Effect” on approach, and to provide additional visual cues for vertical and lateral positioning and runway distance remaining. The RCLS is a standard configuration in which the centerline lights alternate red and white at 3000’ feet remaining, and turn solid red at 1000’ feet remaining for both Runway 01 and 19. The project cost approximately $3.1 million and also includes RDR signs on both sides of the runway and touchdown, midpoint and rollout RVRs. The system went operational in mid October 2012.

RCLS Overrun Approach

One Mile Final Approach (Video)

Landing (Video)

Deicing Pads: JAC has completed installation of Deicing Pads and a Glycol Recovery System. The pads are located at the north end of Taxiway A and are designed to accommodate two B757-200s simultaneously. By locating the pads at the approach end of Runway 19, it is hoped that shortened taxi times and distances for RWY19 departures will improve deice and anti-ice fluid effectiveness. Aircraft must leave the movement area to access the pads, and contact Ground on 124.550 prior to taxing from the pads for clearance. Flight crews should know their provider’s deicing frequencies and follow all ground handling/marshaling instructions while in the deicing pad area. The Deicing Pads and Glycol recovery System went operational in mid October 2012 at a cost of $6.5 million. JAC collects and ships collected deicing fluids to facilities in Denver and Salt Lake City for recycling.

Glycol Pavement

Paved Safety Area (Overrun): JAC, in cooperation with the National Park Service, FAA, and Wyoming Aeronautics, has paved 950’ of runway safety area at the departure end of Runway 19. JAC has the highest excursion/overrun rate of any airport in the US. The Paved Safety Area is stressed to handle the occasional passage of a B757-200 and is for EMERGENCY USE ONLY. It was installed to mitigate injury and or damage to persons and aircraft in the event of an overrun. This pavement is not runway, and may not be used for calculations. The Paved Safety Area consists of an asphalt porous friction course, is marked with yellow chevrons and is plowed and broomed during the winter to ensure it is available for use in the event of an emergency. The project cost $ 2.3 million and was completed in August of 2011.

Safety

Approach Photos

« Pilot InformationFixed Base Operations

Over half the ramp space at the Jackson Hole Airport is dedicated to general aviation aircraft. Currently there is one fixed base operator providing all the services to the private aviator, Jackson Hole Aviation. Everything from wing walkers to fuel, hanger space to catering, even your rental car can be arranged. Just let them know what you need.

Jackson Hole Aviation, LLC / 307-733-4767

« Pilot InformationLanding Fees

For Airport services connected with its operations scheduled to be landed and non- scheduled operations actually landed at the Airport, Lessee shall pay a landing fee based on the Certified Gross Weight of the aircraft landed, which landing fee shall be adjusted for Lessee’s status at the Airport as follows:

  • In any month in which Lessee is a Regular Carrier, it shall pay a landing fee of $2.70 per 1,000 pounds of Weight.
  • In any month in which Lessee is a Seasonal Carrier, it shall pay a landing fee of $2.70 per 1,000 pounds of Weight.
  • For General Aviation: Landing fees are $2.70 per 1,000 pounds based on Certified Gross Weight of the aircraft landed.
  • General aviation, please contact the airport or the FBO with landing fee questions. Jackson Hole Airport Administration (307) 733-7682 Jackson Hole Aviation (307) 733-4767.

« Pilot InformationNoise Abatement and Monitoring

Mandatory Noise Restriction

Stage Two aircraft restriction. Jackson Municipal Code 12-16-210B As of June 28, 2004 all stage two aircraft are prohibited from landing at the Jackson Hole Airport. Violators will be prosecuted.

Single Event Restriction. No aircraft is permitted to operate from the Jackson Hole Airport which has a single event noise level on approach that exceeds 92dBa as determined by Advisory Circular 36-3H or later as amended.

Voluntary Curfew

A voluntary noise curfew is in effect. Do not land between 2330 and 0600 local or takeoff between 2200 and 0600 local. Please observe this curfew unless an emergency exists.

« Pilot InformationArrivals

  • Runway 19: Avoid over flight of GTNP as much as possible. When approaching from the north, stay east of Hwy 89 until reaching Moose on 4 mile final. Plan to enter on left downwind for 19 when approaching from all other directions.
  • Runway 1: Runway 1 is the preferred arrival runway. Plan on a right downwind for 1 when approaching from the northwest through northeast and stay east of Hwy 89. Approaches from the south, plan on a straight into 1. Maintain 8,000 feet until 4 miles on final.
  • No single event noise level exceeding 92dBa on approach.
  • IFR Arrivals: IFR arrivals are urged to request visual approaches and follow these noise abatements procedures whenever weather conditions permit.
  • Landing Fee Required: General Aviation, Fees are $2.70 per 1,000 pounds Certified Gross Weight.
  • AWOS and ATIS: Will be on the same frequency (120.620).

« Pilot InformationDepartures

  • Runway 19: Runway 19 is the preferred departure runway. Make a left 45º turn as soon as practical after takeoff to avoid over flight of residential area. Proceed on course after reaching 8,500 MSL.
  • Runway 1: Turn right to stay east of Hwy 89 as soon as practical after takeoff. Avoid climbs to the northwest over GTNP.
  • IFR Departures: IFR departures during VFR conditions are urged to utilize these noise abatement procedures during climb out. Please ask tower or Salt Lake Center for a VFR noise abatement climb to intercept your IFR route whenever weather conditions permit.

« Pilot InformationAdditional Restrictions

  • Stage III Airport: The Airport is entirely contained within Grand Teton National Park (GTNP). Therefore, operation is limited to aircraft certified as Stage III (ref. FAA AC 36-1H or version currently in effect).
  • Stage Two aircraft restriction. Jackson Municipal Code 12-16-210B As of June 28, 2004 all stage two aircraft are prohibited from landing at the Jackson Hole Airport. Violators will be prosecuted.
  • No flights below 3000’ AGL over Grand Teton National Park and stay east of the Snake River.
  • There are limitations in services such as fire protection and snow removal after hours.
  • The mandatory approach noise restriction applies to all aircraft.
  • The voluntary procedures described on the reverse side of this card are intended for noise abatement purposes and are subject to air traffic control and pilot discretion for reasons of safety.
  • Sage Grouse on and in the vicinity of the airport April – October.
  • In order to reduce the potential for taxi incidents, please contact the tower before moving your aircraft on the ramp area.