Bush Pilot

VOR frequency, identifier changing at Anchorage International Airport

Accomplished pilots and users of the VOR/DME at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will be interested to note that the VOR frequency and identifier is changing Thursday, Feb. 9.

The new VOR (Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Radio) will change at 12:01 a.m. Alaska Standard Time to a new frequency -- 113.15 MHz -- and the Morse-code identification will be "TED."

Critical to have on board an aircraft will be updated high/low enroute charts, terminal procedures and a new Alaska Supplement. Terminal procedures for the enroute structure from Valdez to Homer, and Homer to Big Lake have changed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Information for GPS units can be found here, where information on navigational aids, airport details and other pertinent information can be searched. When searching "TED" on the VDME information like Elevation 85 feet, LAT N61-10-04.32, and Longitude 149-57-35.54, DATUMS Horz: NAD83 VERT: NAVD88, Channel 78Y.

Aircraft using the VOR transiting the Anchorage area can find more information in the Alaska Supplement, or check with the FAA Safety Team. You can see a PDF of the procedures changes, here.

Rob Stapleton can be reached at robstapleton(at)alaska.net