ARLINGTON FLY-IN NOTICE
AUGUST 22, 2021
2021 ARLINGTON FLY-IN
August 22, 2021
Please submit any questions, comments or suggestions to:
Paine ATCT Manager, 3310 100th ST SW, Everett, WA 98204
Phone: (425) 218-4837
Due to special occupancy restrictions related to the public health emergency COVID-19 Pandemic, the following event plan has been developed.
The reservation system described herein is only applicable to aircraft attending the event. Aircraft not attending the event do not require a reservation.
In an effort to ease congestion both in the air and on the ground, pilots are strongly encouraged to adhere to their reserved arrival time.
The Sunday, August 22, 2021, Fly-In event will be by reservation system only. A Fly-In reservation is required for entry to the event. Information regarding how to obtain a Fly-In Reservation may be obtained at:
Aircraft/Pilots that do not obtain a reservation, will not be permitted entry to the Fly-In event. All non-reservation aircraft arriving AWO during the event will be required to park on the east side of the airport. No transportation from the east side to the west side will be provided. Individuals without a Fly-In reservation will not be permitted to enter the event.
The fly-in procedures outlined in this NOTAM will be in effect only during the times the control tower is open. Outside the below times, consult the FAA Chart Supplement for normal airport operations.
Sunday, August 22, 20218:00 AM to 4:45 PM local time
Frequency / Phone / Email
Arlington Tower Back-up
Arlington Ramp Control
Seattle Approach Control
Arlington Unicom & CTAF
Fly-In Flight Operations
FAA Control Tower
- Please use this number for NORDO requests and urgent requests.
The Arlington temporary tower is staffed by FAA air traffic controllers. The tower is a modified trailer outfitted with two-way radio communications and 180° windows. Unlike most towered airports throughout the country, the controllers are working with no radar to assist in providing traffic calls or sequencing arrivals. Instead, they are constantly scanning the sky with binoculars searching for inbound aircraft near Green Valley Airfield. Because of this, it is important for pilots to fly inbound via the standard routes and be vigilant in searching for other aircraft.
After you are spotted passing Green Valley, ATC will issue instructions using color and type instead of registration number. Aircraft call signs will not be used. Use wing rocks instead of verbal acknowledgements, unless requested, to minimize frequency congestion.
Typical Arlington Temporary Tower (Photo Credit: JBFlying.com)
- Turn on landing lights 30NM from AWO to aid in being spotted.
- Monitor Arlington ATIS (132.225) 15-20 miles from the airport for landing information.
Be familiar with and avoid the nearby:
- Prohibited Area (P-51)
- Three National Security Areas (NSAs)
- Parachuting zone near Harvey Field (S43)
- Remain outside the Seattle Class B airspace unless authorized by ATC.
- No transponder aircraft: refer to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport Mode C Veil Exemption included at the end of this packet.
VFR sequencing inbound to Arlington Airport begins over Green Valley Airfield. Green Valley Airfield (WA25) is a grass strip located 7 NM SE of Arlington Airport and 3NM SE of Frontier Airpark (WN53) at N48°06'/W 122°04'.
To reach Green Valley, ATC strongly recommends you obtain VFR flight following from Seattle Approach and request the Langley, Kingston, or Monroe Arrival. See the following pages for route depiction
Request the Langley, Kingston, or Monroe Arrival towards Green Valley.
Inset showing the three VFR flight following routes feeding toward Green Valley. The area over Lake Stevens (where the Langley and Kingston Arrivals merge), as well as the airspace over Green Valley (where all routes merge), are traffic hot spots.
Approaching Green Valley (Flying north)
Green Valley Airfield (Facing north)
Use extreme cation skydivers descending both in freefall and under their parachute canopy can be expected within a 3 NMR (three nautical mile radius) from the center of the Harvey Field airport (S43) from 14,000 ft. to the surface. This skydive drop zone is active at all times. Radio calls will be made on the Harvey Field CTAF.
MHz and on Seattle Approach frequency 128.5 MHz at the time skydiving commences. The absence of a radio call should not be misrepresented that there are no skydivers in the air. Expect jump planes climbing and descending at high vertical speeds (climb rates of up to 2,000 ft./min., descent rates of more than 6,000 ft./min) within the same area.
Graphic of Harvey Field Skydive Drop Zone
From Green Valley Airfield: all arrivals must fly inbound to Arlington via the routes depicted in the following pages for the runway in use unless instructed otherwise by ATC.
If VFR holding becomes necessary due to traffic volume or an unanticipated runway closure, ATC will provide holding instructions and advertise it on the ATIS. If holding is in effect, do not proceed past Green Valley without clearance to do so.
Expect to hold over the Stillaguamish River between Green Valley and Granite Falls. Be vigilant of heavy traffic in the vicinity and look for another aircraft to follow.
Plan for right turns.
Graphic of VFR Holding Area (Shown as a black oval.)
All inbound and departure patterns must be flown east of the runway. The airspace west of the runway is reserved for pre-authorized fly-by aircraft that are not under ATC control. To join the fly-by pattern west of the runway, you must first receive a briefing from Air Show Boss.
Monitor Arlington Tower (127.2) as you approach Green Valley. Expect to be contacted by ATC for sequence.
Watch for and sequence your aircraft with other observed traffic. Maintain single file. Maintain 90 KTS and 1200 MSL. If unable, maintain 135 KTS and 1700 MSL. Notify ATC if you are unable to maintain at least 90 KTS. Advise ATC immediately if your fuel status is critical.
Touch-and-go or closed traffic operations may not be authorized during the fly-in.
Runway 16/34 has an orange dot painted on the runway surface to designate the mid-field touchdown point. You may be asked to land long and touch down at the midfield intersection for traffic. Reduced runway separation may be in effect.
The grass strip landing area is available upon request as traffic permits. It is immediately east and adjacent to Runway 34 at the south end. The landing area is marked with orange cones in the shape of a chevron. The glider strip is marked with an X farther northeast of the grass strip. Note: Glider operations, and the glider strip will not be authorized while the temporary tower is open.
After landing, exit the runway onto a taxiway without delay. Remain on the hard surfaces at all times unless instructed otherwise by ATC.
Fly-in parking is on the west side.
North-facing picture of RWY 16/34
From Green Valley Airfield, fly single file direct to the City of
Arlington, then turn inbound to Arlington Airport and enter a right
downwind for Runway 34.
VFR RUNWAY 16 ARRIVAL
From Green Valley Airfield, fly single file directly toward Arlington Airport and enter a left downwind for Runway 16.
IFR practice approaches will not be permitted.
Be prepared to discontinue IFR approach and enter the VFR traffic pattern for landing sequence. When the ceiling and visibility at Arlington Airport is reported at or above 3,000 feet and 5 miles, expect a vector for a visual approach.
Arlington tower will assign VFR pattern entry instructions on initial contact.
Provide IFR cancellation information to Seattle TRACON. If you have not canceled prior to landing, advise ground control.
Contact Arlington Ground Control (121.25) for taxi instructions after exiting the runway. When nearing the parking area, Ground Control will instruct you to contact Arlington Ramp Control (124.3) for parking instructions. Monitor ramp control at all times when active on the fly-in grounds.
Contact Arlington Ramp Control (124.3) prior to start-up for instructions. Monitor the ATIS (132.225) before taxiing and contact Arlington Ground Control (121.25) for instructions after passing Taxiway D2. Complete any required run-up before reaching the runway.
Runway 11/29 and Taxiway Echo are closed Sunday, August 22nd.
Fly-in parking is closed sunset to sunrise, local time.
Contact Tower (127.2) as you approach the runway. On departure, fly straight out until reaching 500 AGL.
File your flight plan at least one hour prior to the proposed departure time. Ensure you have received an IFR clearance from Ground Control (121.25) prior to taxiing for departure.
Advise Tower (127.2) that you are IFR upon reaching the runway. If you have not received your IFR departure release prior to reaching the runway, attempt to taxi into an area that allows VFR aircraft to pass you for departure.
Ultralight and Light-Sport (LSA) Operations
Ultralight and LSA operations will not be authorized Sunday while the temporary tower is open.
No-Radio (NORDO) Procedures
This procedure is provided for use by vintage aircraft incapable of radio communication. Each arriving no-radio aircraft must land at an airport within approximately 45 minutes of AWO. Contact the FAA Tower via phone or tower frequency to coordinate your arrival.
If a red light gun signal is observed from the control tower (see graphics on page 11), exit the traffic pattern and then re-enter, following the published arrival procedures for the runway in use.
The northwest helicopter arrival route runs from Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) from the State Route 530 exit (Island Crossing) to the landing zone (LZ). Crossing I-5, at 800 feet, descend at your discretion to arrive at the NE corner of the housing development at 500 feet as depicted on the graphic. From that point to the LZ, descend to 250 feet for your final approach to landing.
Arlington: Arlington Tower (127.2) will hand you to Arlington Ramp (124.3) who will direct you to your landing zone.
The civilian landing zone is on the grass near the Taxiway B grass extension (see following map).
Departing the Fly-In: Please fly the reverse inbound course from your LZ to I-5. When over the airport property, do not ascend above 500 feet. Once over the streets, ascend to 800 feet before resuming own navigation at I-5. Contact Arlington Ramp (124.3) prior to engine start and Arlington Tower (127.2) prior to departure.
Helicopter route and landing zone in and out of AWO
AUTHORIZATION TO DEVIATE FROM ATC TRANSPONDER AND ADS-B OUT EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THE SEATTLE-TACOMA AIRPORT 30-MILE MODE C VEIL DURING THE ARLINGTON FLY-IN, AUGUST 22, 2021.
Seattle TRACON has authorized aircraft to deviate from the ATC transponder and altitude reporting equipment and use requirements prescribed in 14 CFR 91.215, as well as the ADS-B out equipment and use requirements prescribed in 14 CFR 91.225, within the Seattle-Tacoma Airport Mode C veil during the Arlington Fly-In, August 22, 2021. This exemption provides pilots with a general north/south route through the Seattle-area 30-mile Mode C Veil, along the following designated route only.
The route starts in the vicinity of Eatonville, to the Eastside of Lake Kapowsin, then to Orting, Enumclaw, Fall City, Monroe to Arlington. Pilots are advised to follow the arrival procedures outlined in the Arlington Fly-In NOTAM. All operations shall be conducted VFR, at or below 2500 feet MSL south of Enumclaw, and at or below 4500 feet MSL north of Enumclaw to Monroe.
This exemption does not authorize entry into the Seattle Class B airspace.
This exemption does not authorize pilots to operate within the Boeing, Renton, or Paine Class Delta surface areas without establishing two-way communication.
- Use caution for heavy traffic and parachute jump activity around Snohomish airport/Harvey Field.
- Use caution for heavy paraglider activity over Tiger Mountain (southwest of Fall City).
- Prohibit Area (P-51), prohibited up to 2500 feet MSL over Bangor, WA.
- National Security Areas (NSAs) in effect over Everett, Bremerton, and Port Townsend, WA, up to the altitude specified on the VFR sectional charts.
All pilots are encouraged to obtain the coordinates and dimensions of these areas, mark them for easy visibility on your navigational charts, and comply with applicable FARs while navigating to/from the Arlington Fly-In.
Due to the restrictions of P-51 and the NSAs, NO west route Mode C Veil Exemption will be authorized for this event.