Clearance

  1. Frequency
    1. Great Falls Ground: 121.700
  2. Procedures
    1. When appropriate, inform pilots of the current ATIS information prior to contacting ground control.
  3. IFR Routing
    1. Initial Altitude: 13,000.
    2. All Operations
      1. Issue radar vectors to all aircraft.
    3. If a pilot cannot accept a departure procedure, issue the following headings for radar vectors to their route, per their departure runway:
      • Runway 3, 35 – Heading 030
      • Runway 17, 21 – Heading 210
  4. Standard Departure Frequencies
    1. When appropriate, issue the following frequencies to IFR aircraft:
      • Great Falls Approach 128.6
    2. When appropriate, issue the following frequencies to VFR aircraft requiring radar services after departure:
      • Great Falls Approach 128.6
  5. VFR Routing
    1. Not Applicable.

Ground

  1. Frequency
    1. Great Falls Ground: 121.700
  2. Airspace
    1. Ground: All movement areas except active runways.
  3. Procedures
    1. Not applicable.
  4. Departures
    1. All aircraft requiring pushback onto the movement area will contact ground prior to pushback and start-up.
    2. All aircraft will contact ground with position and ATIS prior to being issued taxi instructions.
  5. Arrivals
    1. All aircraft will remain on ground frequency until off the movement area.

Local

  1. Frequency
    1. Great Falls Tower: 118.700
  2. Airspace
    1. Local: Runway 3/21, 7/25, 16/34, and airspace as depicted on sector file.
  3. Procedures
    1. Runway operations
      1. Use runway 3 (North) during calm wind operations.
      2. Use runway 21 (South) when the tailwind component exceeds 5 knots.
    2. LAHSO
      1. Not authorized.
    3. Tower Use of Radar:
      1. Limited
  4. Departures
    1. Departure Notification / Releases
      1. A “Release Request” (.RR) is required to be sent to the appropriate Departure Controller for all departing aircraft in accordance with the General Control Directive.
  5. Arrivals
    1. IFR Arrivals
      1. N/A
      2. Circling procedures N/A
    2. Missed Approach / Go Around
      1. A Missed Notification (MN) is required for all aircraft executing an unplanned Missed Approach / Go Around.
      2. Visual approach aircraft executing a Go-Around will remain in the local pattern if capable of doing so.
      3. Climb out procedure:
        • North Flow: Heading 030, Maintain 6,000.
        • South Flow: Heading 210, Maintain 6,000.
      4. VFR traffic join local pattern.
  6. VFR Operations
    1. VFR Departures
      1. Depart on-course.
      2. Handoff to departure control as soon as clear of any possible conflicts.
        • Great Falls Approach 128.6
    2. VFR Arrivals
      1. Direct to airport.
    3. VFR Flight Following
      1. Ensure all aircraft requiring flight following have the appropriate scratchpad entry prior to handoff to departure.