Sitka Class E Surface Area and Special VFR

365 Airport Road
Sitka, AK 99835
Air Traffic Manager:
Maurice Gamble

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Sitka Class E airspace and Special VFR, (SVFR) information

For a complete explanation of Special VFR (SVFR) procedures, see 14 CFR 91.157 and the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) Chapter 4.

The dashed line that surrounds the area starting on the northern edge by Olga Strait continuing southeast through Sitka Airport and continues south-southwest around Biorka Island VOR is the Sitka Class E airspace.  Class E Sybology

Special VFR operations are performed in accordance with clearances within the Sitka Class E surface areas when weather conditions are less than the basic VFR minima.

There are some basic rules for Special VFR.

  • The pilot must request a Special VFR clearance. If a pilot requests to enter into or out of an area that is IFR, they will be advised that an ATC clearance is required; it is up to the pilot to initiate the request for Special VFR.
  • Fixed wing aircraft must have at least 1 mile ground visibility if there is an official weather report available. Where no official report is available, or if not landing or departing an airport within the Class E airspace, there must be at least 1 mile flight visibility.
  • Only one aircraft at a time may operate in the Sitka Class E surface area unless; a pilot requests and all pilots agree that they will maintain visual separation while operating in the Class E surface area.
  • IFR aircraft will have priority. If an IFR aircraft is inbound/outbound or transitioning through the Class E airspace, pilots requesting a Special VFR will be advised of a delay due to IFR traffic.

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Last updated: Thursday, January 12, 2023