Arrival Alert Notices (AANs)

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Arrival Alert Notices (AAN) are graphics produced by the FAA that visually depict an approach at specific airports to help mitigate wrong surface misalignment risks for pilots.

What is happening? 

Aircraft are misaligning to wrong runway or even a taxiway and sometimes the wrong airport. To address these wrong surface events, the FAA released the Arrival Alert Notices (AAN) at several airports with a history of misalignment risk. AANs provide a graphic visually depicting the approach to a particular airport with a history of misalignment risk. There is also language describing the misalignment risk area.

Sample Arrival Alert Notice for Tucson International Airport (TUS).
Sample Arrival Alert Notice for Tucson International Airport (TUS).

Why is this happening? 

Wrong surface events continue to be a focus area for the FAA as they can present a significant safety risk. The FAA has taken a number of steps to address wrong surface events but there is still a need to provide a more permanent awareness of these events, especially to general aviation pilots, who comprise 83 percent of wrong surface events. The remaining percentage is pilots operating commercially. Many wrong surface events occur during the daytime and in visual meteorological conditions, and the majority of the time, the pilot has read back the correct landing clearance. AANs can serve as an additional planning and awareness tool for pilots.

Which airports have AANs? 

Below is a list of the current airports that have AANs.

  • Boise Airport (BOI), Boise, ID
  • Buchanan Field Airport (CCR), Concord, CA
  • Capital Region International Airport (LAN), Lansing, MI
  • Centennial Airport (APA), Englewood, CO
  • Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD), Chandler, AZ
  • Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS), Santa Rosa, CA
  • Chicago Executive Airport (PWK), Chicago, IL
  • Chino Airport (CNO), Chino, CA
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, HI
  • Deer Valley Airport (DVT), Phoenix, AZ
  • Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), Atlanta, GA
  • DuPage Airport (DPA), West Chicago, IL
  • El Paso International Airport (ELP), El Paso, TX
  • Falcon Field (FFZ), Maricopa, AZ
  • Flying Cloud Airport (FCM), Eden Prairie, MN
  • Fort Worth Meachum (FTW), Ft. Worth, TX
  • Frederick Douglass/Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), Rochester, NY
  • Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Fresno, CA
  • Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Las Vegas, NV
  • Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA), Idaho Falls, ID
  • King County International Airport (BFI), Boeing Field, WA
  • Laurence G. Hanscom Field (BED), Bedford, MA
  • Lincoln Airport (LNK), Lincoln, NE
  • Livermore Municipal (LVK), Livermore, CA
  • McKinney National Airport (TKI), Dallas, TX
  • Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF), Miami, FL
  • Monterey Regional Airport (MRY), Monterey, CA
  • Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (MYF), San Diego, CA                                        
  • North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), Las Vegas, NV
  • Oakland County International Airport (PTK), Pontiac, MI
  • Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), West Palm Beach, FL
  • Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), Palm Springs, CA
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Philadelphia, PA                                         
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA), Mesa, AZ
  • Portland-Hillsboro Airport (HIO), Portland, OR
  • Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County (RHV), San Jose, CA
  • Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO), Reno, NV
  • Ronald Regan National Airport (DCA), Arlington, VA
  • Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (BJC), Broomfield, CO
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), Salt Lake City, UT
  • Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field) (PAE), Everett, WA
  • Tucson International Airport (TUS), Tucson, AZ
  • University of Illinois/Willard Airport (CMI), Champaign/Urbana, IL
  • Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Van Nuys, CA

When will the AANs be available? 

Several AANs were released in the May 19, 2022 charting cycle. Additional and updated AANs were released in the January 25, 2024 charting cycle, and new AANs will be published as they are available. Access digital aeronautical charts here.

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