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AIM

10/12/17

3−5−5

Other Airspace Areas

3−5−4. Parachute Jump Aircraft Operations

a. Procedures relating to parachute jump areas are

contained in 14 CFR Part 105. Tabulations of

parachute jump areas in the U.S. are contained in the

Chart Supplement U.S.

b. Pilots of aircraft engaged in parachute jump

operations are reminded that all reported altitudes

must be with reference to mean sea level, or flight

level, as appropriate, to enable ATC to provide

meaningful traffic information.

c. Parachute operations in the vicinity of an airport

without an operating control tower − there is no

substitute for alertness while in the vicinity of an

airport. It is essential that pilots conducting parachute

operations be alert, look for other traffic, and

exchange traffic information as recommended in

Paragraph 4−1−9, Traffic Advisory Practices at

Airports Without Operating Control Towers. In

addition, pilots should avoid releasing parachutes

while in an airport traffic pattern when there are other

aircraft in that pattern. Pilots should make

appropriate broadcasts on the designated Common

Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF), and monitor

that CTAF until all parachute activity has terminated

or the aircraft has left the area. Prior to commencing

a jump operation, the pilot should broadcast the

aircraft’s altitude and position in relation to the

airport, the approximate relative time when the jump

will commence and terminate, and listen to the

position reports of other aircraft in the area.

3−5−5. Published VFR Routes
Published VFR routes for transitioning around, under

and through complex airspace such as Class B

airspace were developed through a number of FAA

and industry initiatives. All of the following terms,

i.e., “VFR Flyway” “VFR Corridor” and “Class B

Airspace VFR Transition Route” have been used

when referring to the same or different types of routes

or airspace. The following paragraphs identify and

clarify the functionality of each type of route, and

specify where and when an ATC clearance is

required.

a. VFR Flyways.

1. VFR Flyways and their associated Flyway

Planning Charts were developed from the recommen-

dations of a National Airspace Review Task Group.

A VFR Flyway is defined as a general flight path not

defined as a specific course, for use by pilots in

planning flights into, out of, through or near complex

terminal airspace to avoid Class B airspace. An ATC

clearance is NOT required to fly these routes.