VFR Arrival and Departure procedure updates for PHNL

The textual description of the latest Pacific Chart Supplement is reproduced below (PAC, 2020 16 JUL)  and a generic description with graphic illustrations is shown under “Instructional Resources”.

Previous procedures introduced in April of 2015 emphasize Moanalua Freeway (Interstate Highway201) as a climb-out target for both departure procedures before turning either east or west, presumably to keep the departure end of runway 8 clear of traffic and to provide more spacing between inbound and outbound VFR traffic. Given the confusing maze of freeways in the general airport area it behooves flight instructors to spend enough time briefing students and visiting pilots unfamiliar with the local geography. The numbering sequence of the procedures is bound to produce confusion between pilots and clearance controllers during a transition period. It may be a good idea to have a copy of the procedures readily available on your kneeboard.

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HONOLULU TERMINAL AREA – VFR CLASS B DEPARTURE ROUTES RESPONSIBILITIES VFR CLASS B DEPARTURE ROUTES WILL BE ISSUED ONLY UPON REQUEST.

Detailed departure instructions will be furnished to others. All procedures and altitudes described in this letter are subject to weather and traffic conditions. Pilots are not relieved of their responsibilities to see  and  avoid  other  traffic,  to  maintain  appropriate  terrain  and  obstruction  clearance,  and  to  remain  in weather conditions equal to or better than the minima required by FAR 91.155. When compliance with an assigned route, heading, or altitude is likely to compromise pilot responsibility with respect to terrain, obstruction clearance, and/or weather minima, approach control should be so advised.

DEPARTURE PROCEDURES

Before taxiing, pilots shall contact clearance delivery on 121.4/281.4 and state the current ATIS information code and requested departure procedure.  Clearance delivery will issue the departure route clearance and assign transponder code.  Unless otherwise directed by ATC, pilots shall depart CLASS B via the cleared route.

Example:

Pilot – N86DD SHORELINE FOUR DEPARTURE WITH INFORMATION QUEBEC.

ATC – N86DD IS CLEARED OUT OF CLASS B VIA SHORELINE FOUR DEPARTURE SQUAWK 0271.

NOTE: Large acft expect clearance via radar vectors, initial heading 140º/200º Runway 04/08L Procedures Shoreline Six Departure Departing Runway 04L/04R maintain runway heading to the  H-1  Freeway.  Departing Runway  08L  maintain  runway heading to  Nimitz  Highway.  Turn right, parallel Nimitz Highway proceeding direct to the center of Honolulu Harbor.  Fly within ½ mile offshore passing abeam Kewalo Basin then within ½ mile of the shoreline until south of Diamond Head. Turn left and resume own navigation remaining within 2 miles of the shoreline until departing Class B.  Fixed wing aircraft maintain 1500 feet.  Helicopters maintain at or below 500 feet.  Departure Control frequency will be 124.8/317.6.Procedure intended for twin engine aircraft and helicopters. Not available between 0900 and 1500 for fixed wing aircraft.

Freeway Two Departure: Depart Runway 04L or Runway 04R on runway heading to Moanalua Freeway (State Highway 78/Interstate Highway H201), or depart runway 08L and turn left to fly parallel to runway 04L to Moanalua Freeway. Then turn RIGHT to follow Moanalua Freeway eastbound to H-1 Freeway and Kalanianaole Highway until passing abeam Koko Head. Maintain 1500 feet while in  CLASS  B.  Departure Control  frequency  will  be  124.8/317.6.  Procedure  restricted  to  helicopters  and  small propeller-driven aircraft only. Helicopters maintain at or below 1000 feet.

Redhill Two Departure: Depart Runway 04L/04R on runway heading to Moanalua Freeway (State Highway 78/Interstate Highway H-201) or depart Runway  08L  and  turn  left  to  parallel  Runway  04L  to  Moanalua  Freeway.  Then  turn  left  and  follow  Moanalua  Freeway northwest  bound  until  departing  Class  B.  Maintain  1500  feet  while  in  Class  B.  Departure  control  frequency  will  be119.1/239.05.  Procedure  restricted  to  helicopters  and  small  propeller  driven  aircraft.  Helicopters  maintain  at  or  below1000 feet. CAUTION: VFR traffic proceeding inbound from the H-1/H-2 Interchange descending out of 2000 feet.

Punchbowl Two Departure: Depart runway 04L/04R on runway heading to Moanalua Freeway (State Highway 78/Interstate Highway H-201) or depart runway 08L and turn left paralleling Runway 04L to Moanalua Freeway. Turn right and follow Moanalua Freeway eastbound via the H-1 Freeway to Punchbowl. Proceed east of Magic Island, then offshore to remain within ½ mile of the shoreline until south of Diamond Head. After Diamond Head, turn left and resume own navigation remaining within 2 miles of the shoreline until departing Class B airspace. Maintain 1500 feet while within Class B. Departure control frequency will be124.8/317.6. Procedure intended for twin engine aircraft.

Runway 22/26R Procedures

NOTE: All aircraft turn on landing lights while in CLASS B.

Kona Five Departure: After departure, remain over the runway until departure end, then turn left heading 180, climb and maintain 1500 feet. Expect  radar  vectors  to  avoid  traffic  on  Runway  26L  LDA  final  approach  course.  Departure control frequency  will  be124.8/317.6. Helicopters depart the south ramp and proceed direct to HNL VORTAC; do not overfly any runways. From HNL VORTAC, fly heading 180, climb and maintain at or below 1000 feet.

West Loch Five Departure: After departure turn right as soon as practicable until north of Runway 26R. Then fly direct to the center of West Loch of Pearl Harbor. Maintain 1500 feet while in Class B. Departure control frequency will be 119.1/239.05. Helicopters maintain at or below 1000 feet. Caution: VFR traffic inbound from the H-1/H-2 Interchange will be descending out of 2000 feet.

ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

Arrivals must contact Approach Control and receive clearance BEFORE entering CLASS B. The HNL CLASS B is established from the HNL VORTAC. High density traffic in the vicinity of the H-1/H-2 interchange. CLASS B entry from the Pali is not recommended.

North Six Arrival: Contact approach control 119.1/239.05 prior to H-1/H-2 Interchange at or above 2000 feet. PROCEDURE WHEN CLEARED: FIXED WING AIRCRAFT: From the H-1/H-2 Interchange, proceed direct to and cross Ford Island at 1500 feet. Proceed direct to the Navy/Marine Golf Course while maintaining 1500 feet until advised by tower. Enter left downwind Runway 4R. Downwind must be flown over Runway 8L at Taxiways G/L. Aircraft must remain north of Taxiway RA. If unable, advise ATC.

HELICOPTERS: Proceed direct to Ford Island and hold, maintain at or below 1000 feet. Expect further instructions from the tower.

West Five Arrival: Contact approach control 119.1/239.05 prior to Kahe Power Plant at or above 2000 feet. PROCEDURE WHEN CLEARED: From Kahe Power Plant, proceed direct to the H-1/H-2 Interchange at 2000 feet. FIXED WING AIRCRAFT: From the H-1/H-2 Interchange, via one of the following routes as assigned by approach control:

  1. Runway 4R: Proceed direct to and cross Ford Island at 1500 feet. Proceed direct to the Navy/Marine Golf Course while maintaining 1500 feet until advised by tower. Enter left downwind Runway 4R. Downwind must be flown over Runway8L at Taxiways G/L. Aircraft must remain north of Taxiway RA. If unable advise ATC.
  2. Runway 22L: Proceed eastbound along the H-1 Freeway then join Moanalua Freeway to Tripler Hospital. After Tripler Hospital, enter right base Runway 22L. Maintain 1500 feet until advised by tower.

HELICOPTERS: Depart the H-1/H-2 Interchange direct to Ford Island and hold, maintain at or below 1000 feet. Expect further instructions from the tower NOTE:  Aircraft below 2000 feet should contact Kalaeloa Tower on 132.6 prior to Kahe Power Plant.

East Four Arrival: Runways  04/08  configuration.  Contact  App  Con  124.8/317.6  prior  to  NORBY  intersection  (MKK262  radial  20  DME  or CKH 112 radial 12 DME). PROCEDURE WHEN CLEARED, from NORBY, proceed southwest bound on the MKK 262 radial at or below 3500 ́. Expect radar vectors for right base to Runway 04R.Freeway Four Arrival Runways 04/08 configuration. Contact App Con 124.8/317.6 prior to CKH at or above 2000 ́.PROCEDURE WHEN CLEARED: From Koko Head, proceed direct to Waialae Golf course, then follow the H–1 Freeway to enter left downwind to Runway 04R. Downwind leg must overfly Runway 08L over Taxiway G/L. Aircraft must remain north of Taxiway RA; if unable advise ATC.Maintain 2000 ́ until advised by tower.

Kona Six Arrival: Runways 22/26 configuration. Contact approach control on 119.1/239.05 prior to CKH at or above 1,500 feet, or contact approach control on 124.8/317.6 prior to NORBY intersection at or below 3,000 feet. PROCEDURE WHEN CLEARED:FIXED  WING  AIRCRAFT:  Proceed  direct  to  and  cross  Koko  Head  at  or  below  2,000  feet,  then  proceed  to  Waialae  Golf Course. Follow the H-1 Freeway to enter a left base to Runway 22L. Maintain 1,500 feet until advised by the tower.

HELICOPTERS:  Proceed  direct  to  and  cross  Waialae  Golf  Course  at  or  below  1,000  feet.  Follow  the  H-1  Freeway  to Punchbowl. Hold at Punchbowl at or below 1,000 feet.Use caution: Turbojet aircraft will be inbound along the south shoreline.

 Tripler Four Arrival: Contact Approach control 119.1/239.05 prior to H1/H2 interchange at or above 2000’. PROCEDURE WHEN CLEARED: From  H1/H2  interchange,  proceed  east  along  H1  then  join  Moanalua  freeway  to  Tripler  Hospital  then  via  one  of  the following routes as assigned by approach control:

  1. Runway 22L: After Tripler, enter right base RWY 22L. Maintain 1500 feet until advised by tower.
  2. Runway 4R: Enter left downwind Runway 4R. Downwind must be flown over Runway 8L at Taxiways G/L. Aircraft must remain north of Taxiway RA. Maintain 2000’ until advised by tower.
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