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Area Information

ICAO Code Airport Name Airspace IFR Beacon Codes VFR Beacon Codes
KTLH Tallahassee International Airport C 1501-1577 1501-1577


This document prescribes the procedures to be utilized for providing air traffic control services at the Tallahssee Air Traffic Control Tower (TLH ATCT) and TRACON. The procedures described herein are supplemental to the Jacksonville ARTCC Facility Operating Guidelines and FAA Order JO 7110.65, as well as any published FAA guidelines or procedures.


This order is distributed to all Jacksonville ARTCC personnel.

Operational Positions

Position Radio Name Callsign Relief Callsign Symbol Frequency
Clearance Delivery Tallahassee Clearance Delivery TLH_DEL TLH_1_DEL 2TD 126.650
Ground Tallahassee Ground TLH_GND TLH_1_GND 2TG 121.900
Tower Tallahassee Tower TLH_TWR TLH_1_TWR 2TT 118.700
Position Sector Name Callsign Relief Callsign Symbol Frequency
RE Radar East TLH_E_APP TLH_1E_APP 2E 135.800
RW Radar West TLH_W_APP TLH_1W_APP 2W 128.700
RF Radar Final TLH_F_APP TLH_1F_APP 2F 133.850

Sector in Red is the primary sector.

ATCT Information

IFR Departure Instructions

All Aircraft shall be "Cleared as filed" unless a route amend is necessary. All routes must comply with LOA-approved standards. Aircraft unable to accept preferred route require coordination between all affected facilities.

Instruct all pilots to maintain 3,000 feet and to expect filed cruise altitude (If higher) ten minutes after departure. All filed cruise altitudes must be checked for validity for the direction of flight and/or LOAs.

Departure Frequency
The Primary Departure Frequency is TLH_E_APP on 135.800. Updates to the Departure Frequency will be given by the TRACON controller.

All departing aircraft shall be assigned a trasnponder code between 1501-1577.

VFR Departure Instructions

If Aircraft is not remaining in the pattern, issue the instruction "Maintain VFR below 2,000 feet".

Departure Frequency
VFR aircraft not remaining within the pattern shall be given a departure frequency. The Primary Departure Frequency is TLH_E_APP on 135.800. Updates to the Departure Frequency will be given by the TRACON controller.

All VFR aircraft not remaining in the pattern shall be assigned a trasponder code between 1501-1577. Those remaining in the pattern shall squawk 1200.

Pushback and Startup

GC does not authorize pushbacks or startups unless the aircraft pushing back will enter a controlled area during pushback.

  • In these instances, aircraft should be instructed “Push and start approved, push tail facing (direction).” The direction should keep the aircraft pointed in the direction the aircraft will taxi.
  • If the pilot calls to push, and no controlled area will be penetrated, simply advise the pilot “Push and start at pilot's discretion.”

Intersection Departure

GC must advise LC of all intersection departures verbally or through the chatbox.


GC shall ensure pilots have the current ATIS prior to the aircraft being handed off to LC.

Active Runway Operations

GC must transfer communications to LC if an aircraft is to operate on an active runway.


GC shall instruct aircraft to “Contact Tallahasse Tower 118.700” unless otherwise agreed upon by LC. LC can request pilot monitor the frequency instead of contacting.

Area of Responsiblity

The Primary Departure Frequency is TLH_E_APP on 135.800. Updates to the Departure Frequency will be given by the TRACON controller.
LC has responsibility to control 3,000 feet and below in the published departure corridors.
LC has responsibility to control 3,000 feet and below 1 ½ miles either side of the extended centerline within 5 miles of the departure end of the automatic departure runways.

Active Runway Selection

The active runway shall be determined based on wind and known factors that may affect the safety of takeoff/landing operations.
Runway 27 is designated as the calm wind runway.

Departure Procedures

LC will provide separation for aircraft in the LC airspace.
LC shall provide initial radar separation between successive departures.

When automatic departures are in effect, IFR jet/turbojet departures shall be released on runway heading climbing to 3,000 feet.
LC has the option to assign all piston aircraft runway heading or a fanned heading that will conform to the applicable departure corridor.

Arrival Procedures

LC shall be responsible for separation of all arrival aircraft that have been handed off by TRACON from all departing aircraft still under LC jurisdiction
Communication transfer must be completed prior to five nautical miles from the runway.
Practice Instrument Approaches: Issue special instructions as verbally coordinated with the TRACON.
LC shall NOT change the approach sequence without coordination.

Go Around/unplanned Missed Approach

  • LC shall assign IFR aircraft runway heading and 3,000 feet
  • LC must verbally coordinate with departure prior to frequency change.

Automatic Release

LC is authorized automatic releases from the TRACON controller so long as the aircraft departs on the pre-coordinated active departing runway(s) on approved departure headings
In order for automatic releases to be authorized, procedures in this document shall be followed.
Departure releases must be obtained if automatic releases are suspended by TRACON.

Visual Tower

Tallahassee ATCT is a visual/VFR tower and shall not initiate or accept any radar handoffs and shall not initiate control/start track on any target.


LC shall manage the ATIS for KTLH

TRACON Information

Sectorization Description

The primary “combined” radar position shall be RE. No other sectors shall be staffed until the “combined” position is already in use.
Once RE is in use, RE may delegate a portion of its airspace to RW.
Unless otherwise coordinated, RW and RE are responsible for areas depicted.
RW and RE provide overflight services and approach sequence to aircraft landing in the Tallahassee ATCT airspace.
RE and RW may delegate a portion of their airspaces to RF, once both are in use.

VFR Aircraft

VFR Aircraft entering the Class Charlie airspace will be given a discrete beacon code.

If an aircraft departs from TLH and does not request a flight following, the aircraft will be handed off from LC to TRACON and released to UNICOM once clear of the Class Charlie.

Handoff and Radar Tracking

Tallahasse ATCT is a VFR tower. No radar handoffs shall be initiated to LC.

TRACON controllers shall not drop track on any arriving aircraft. This allows a controller to maintain radar identification during missed approach.

Release and Rolling Calls

TRACON sectors give automatic releases to all departures from Tallahassee ATCT when departures follow the standard departure procedures as specified in this document.

All other airports within TRACON’s boundaries shall request a departure release. Upon approval of the release, the release shall be good for five minutes.

Upon issuance of the takeoff clearance, a departure message shall be sent to the appropriate departure sector. This can be accomplished non-verbally by the LC ensuring the aircraft is squawking the appropriate squawk code and mode C is enabled when airborne.

TRACON Departure Procedures

Forward departure instructions to LC for aircraft executing practice missed approaches.

Ensure all departures are on course as soon as practical.

All departures should be on course before handoff to Enroute Control unless otherwise coordinated. Aircraft shall be climbed to 10,000 or less if filed.

Provide airspace for automatic departures and radar final.

Provide airspace for missed approach on all runways.

TRACON Arrival Procedures

The sector responsible for the primary runway shall establish the approach sequence for all arrivals.

Communications transfer of arriving aircraft to LC must be accomplished no later than five nautical miles from the end of the arrival runway.

When simultaneous approaches are being conducted on converging runways, LC is responsible for ensuring runway separation. However, TRACON must provide enough spacing to minimize the possibility of a go-around.

When vectoring to final from parallel downwinds, aircraft on opposing base legs shall be assigned altitudes to ensure vertical separation unless other approved separation has been applied. This ensures separation in the event of an overshoot on final.

Coordinate with LC for any aircraft conducting approaches to other runways than the active arrival runway(s) in use.

Satellite Procedures

Aircraft departing from, or destined for TLH satellite fields (defined as any field other than TLH inside of the TLH designated airspace), shall be kept clear of departure flows into and arrival flows out of TLH whenever possible.
For arrivals into satellite airports: Once aircraft have received an approach clearance, a pointout to the appropriate ATCT shall be initiated. Once the pointout is completed, aircraft communications shall be transferred to the ATCT.


RE area of jurisdiction is the east quadrant of the airspace as depicted, surface to 10,000 feet MSL. RE is responsible for departure control for eastbound traffic.
RE will determine the approach sequence for all aircraft using 27 and/or 36 when in an east/west split and RF is not staffed.



RW area of jurisdiction is the west quadrant of the airspace as depicted, surface to 10,000 feet MSL. RW is responsible for departure control for westbound traffic.
RW will determine the approach sequence for all aircraft using 9 and/or 18 when in an east/west split and RF is not staffed.



RF area of jurisdiction is the center of the airspace as depicted, surface to 2,000 feet MSL. RF is responsible for sequencing arrival aircraft. TLHFINALAPP.JPG