Recent history of the traffic pattern

The standard traffic pattern altitude used to be 800ft AGL, but in April of 2013 that changed when the FAA’s Charting Group met. After several meetings they decided the following:

Chris Criswell, AJV-22, reported that, per ACF recommendation, all traffic pattern altitudes, standard and non-standard, will be added into NASR (the AFD) for all airports. This will be a day forward implementation beginning in July 2014.

After it’s implementation, the Chart Supplement (formerly called Airport/Facility Directory or A/FD) was made more up-to-date. It will typically list the Traffic Pattern Altitude (TPA) if it is non-standard (not 1000ft/1500ft AGL). In Infinite Flight, the standard traffic pattern is 1000ft AAL for prop aircraft and 1500ft AAL for jet aircraft.

June 5, 2019 by Kyle Boas