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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 
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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

Other Airspace Areas 

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