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Bowman Field Airport (LOU)

Bowman Field (LOU) is a medium sized primarily general and corporate aviation airport located on the eastern end of the city of Louisville, Kentucky. It is just 3 miles northeast of the larger Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (KSDF). Even with the size difference and the dissimilar runway configurations, pilots sometimes confuse the two airports. It has irregular shaped Class Delta airspace due to its proximity to SDF and underlies the Louisville Class Charlie. The irregular shape demands extra attention, especially when landing runway 6. For this reason, pilots can expect the tower to be more specific when issuing downwind to base turns than they ordinarily may expect. First time visitors, especially those arriving from the west, need to be intimately familiar with the restrictions and requirements to operate in this type of complex airspace. 


General Links

Airport Diagrams, VFR Charts, Chart Supplement, NOTAMS, and Construction Notice Diagrams, etc., are routinely updated. Here are some links to current FAA information.

  • Aeronautical Information Services. The Aeronautical Information Services site has a wealth of information and:
    • Is the authoritative government source for collecting, storing, maintaining, and disseminating aeronautical data for the U. S. and its territories.
    • Develops and maintains all public instrument flight procedures and airways.
    • Serves as the FAA's aeronautical charting authority for the development, publication, and dissemination of aeronautical charts and products to support aviation and to meet demand for increased capacity, efficiency, and predictability in the airspace, routes, and airports of the National Airspace System (NAS).
  • Airport Construction
  • Airport Diagram
  • Chart Supplement
  • From the Flight Deck Videos
  • Hot Spots
  • VFR Charts
Last updated: Friday, September 9, 2022