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Informal Runway Use Program

The Informal Noise Program at Tampa International Airport (TPA) has continually evolved since the late 1950's as a voluntary cooperative agreement between the Aviation Authority and the Tampa Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Tower (FAA-ATCT) in an effort to reduce the impact of jet noise over residential communities surrounding the airport. Under the informal runway use program in the form of a 'Letter to Airmen' dated January 13, 2011, the airport had established a priority runway use assignment for turbojet aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs) that is dependent on the direction of the prevailing wind, weather, and operational constraint. A diagram and a PDF of the voluntary ‘Informal Runway Use Program’ are provided below.

These recommendations are followed to the greatest extent possible and are subject to deviation due to wind, weather, runway conditions, air traffic activity, airspace, emergency and safety. These are also explained in the Letter to Airmen under (4) ‘Operational Safety Criteria.’

While it is the goal of the Aviation Authority to be a good neighbor in making every effort to reduce aircraft over-flights over residential areas, the FAA-ATCT has complete sovereignty over the operation of aircraft throughout the airspace of the contiguous United States. The Aviation Authority will continue to work with the airlines, corporate pilots and the FAA ATCT to ensure that our voluntary informal runway use program is followed without compromise to safety.

Engine Run-up Restrictions

A Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE), a three-sided steel structure lined with acoustical absorbent panels to deflect and muffle engine noise, is provided by the Aviation Authority to be used for engine test and maintenance. The GRE is located on the eastern side of the airfield and is available for utilization 24-hours a day for all commercial turbojets (over 75,000 lbs) and general aviation turbojet aircraft. At no time shall engines be run up for test or maintenance purposes without the prior approval from the Airport Operations Department.

Airport Operations Department can be contacted at 813-870-8752

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