Approach & Departure

Arrival and Departure Information

Field Elevation:
7,838 MSL

Traffic Pattern Altitudes:
9,000 MSL for aircraft less than 12,500 lbs
9,500 MSL for aircraft 12.500 lbs or more
NOTE: Traffic Pattern Altitudes should be maintained until making the turn to base.

Runway Information:
Runway 15
TORA–7006 TODA–7006 ASDA–7006 LDA–7006
Preferred runway for all landings.
NOTE: Runway 15 has a 2% uphill grade.

Runway 33
TORA–8006 TODA–8006 ASDA–8006 LDA–7006
Meteorological conditions permitting, use Runway 15 for all landings.
NOTE: Using Runway 33 necessitates a high approach without overflying the town of Aspen

Active Frequencies 0700 to 2000 MST:
Tower-118.85
Ground-121.9
ATIS-120.4
Clearance Delivery-123.75
Approach & Departure-123.8

Active Frequencies 2000 to 0700 MST:
ASOS-120.4
CTAF-118.85
Denver Center-134.5


IFR & VFR Approach Procedures

Establish the inbound flight path to require no more than a 20-degree bank angle to follow the noise abatement track. Observe all airspeed limitations and ATC instructions. Initial inbound altitude for noise abatement should be a descending path from 2,500 ft. AGL or higher. At the Final Approach Fix or not more than 4 miles from runway threshold, extend landing gear. Final landing flap configuration should be delayed at pilot's discretion to enhance noise abatement. Use of the 3-degree PAPI or higher if possible is recommended. During landing, use minimum reverse thrust consistent with safety for runway conditions and available length.


Departure Procedures

IFR Departure Procedure

Use the Standard Instrument Departure (SID) as published and received in your clearance. 

NOTE: It is recognized that aircraft performance will differ with aircraft type and takeoff conditions; therefore, the aircraft operator must determine whether takeoff thrust should be reduced prior to, during, or after flap retraction.

VFR Departure Procedure

As soon as possible, but no later than crossing airport boundary, turn right to a heading of 360 degrees and hold this heading for at least 2 miles from the airport. 

NOTE: It is recognized that aircraft performance will differ with aircraft type and takeoff conditions; therefore, the aircraft operator must determine whether takeoff thrust should be reduced prior to, during, or after flap retraction.


Nighttime General Aviation Operations

For all general aviation operations between 30 minutes after sunset to 2300 MST the following applies:

VFR Operations: Aircraft equipped as required under FAR 91.205 (D) for instrument flight and pilot is instrument rated; VFR pilot in command has completed at least one takeoff or landing in the preceding 12 months at ASE.

IFR Operations: Execute approach and departure procedures with air traffic control clearance.