Airspace

The Whitehorse Control Zone

Whitehorse Airspace Structure

  • 5NM diameter centered on the airport
  • Extends from the ground to 3000’ (2317 ASL to 5317 ASL)
  • Class D airspace when the tower is in operation, Class E when the tower is closed
  • Tower is open 7am to 9pm local time, 365 days of the year
  • Frequency 118.3
  • Hourly continuous weather on 125.25
  • Phone number (867) 667-8426

Contact Numbers

  • Whitehorse Tower: 867-667-8426
  • Dawson City Tower: 867-993-5338

Radio Frequencies

  • Whitehorse Tower     118.3
  • Dawson City Tower  122.1

Airspace and Yukon Paragliding Sites:

Yukon has over 30 listed paragliding sites. Many of those close to Whitehorse are in Class ‘E’ airspace which requires pilots to have their HGAR. The Whitehorse tower operates visually and relies on good communications in order to help aircraft share airspace safely. Pilots should contact the Whitehorse tower before launching and after landing at all flying sites in the Whitehorse vicinity. Two seasonal flying sites are within the Whitehorse Control Zone, thus pilots are required to have the HGAR and an Air-band Radio.

Canadian Airspace Viewer – Google Earth.kmz

AirSpace Viewer – http://www3.telus.net/cschwab/viewer/check_airspace.html

CARS References:

VFR Flight in Class D Airspace

  • 601.09 (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person operating a VFR aircraft shall enter Class D airspace unless the person establishes two-way radio contact with the appropriate air traffic control unit before entering the airspace.

  • (2) The pilot-in-command of a VFR aircraft that is not equipped with radiocommunication equipment capable of two-way communication with the appropriate air traffic control unit may, during daylight in VMC, enter Class D airspace if the pilot-in-command receives authorization to enter from the appropriate air traffic control unit before entering the airspace.

  • (3) Class D airspace becomes Class E airspace when the appropriate air traffic control unit is not in operation.

2.8.4 Class D Airspace

Class D airspace is a controlled airspace within which both IFR and
VFR flights are permitted, but VFR flights must establish two-way
communication with the appropriate ATC agency prior to entering the
airspace. ATC separation is provided only to IFR aircraft. Aircraft
will be provided with traffic information. Equipment and workload
permitting, conflict resolution will be provided between VFR and IFR
aircraft, and upon request between VFR aircraft.

Airspace classified as Class D becomes Class E airspace when the
appropriate ATC unit is not in operation.

A terminal control area and associated control zone could be
classified as Class D airspace.

A person operating an aircraft in VFR flight in Class D airspace shall
ensure that:

  • (a) the aircraft is equipped with
  • (i) radio communication equipment capable of two-way communication
  • with the appropriate ATC unit, and

(2) A person may operate a hang glider or an ultra-light aeroplane in controlled airspace

  • (a) within five nautical miles from the centre of an airport or heliport or within a control zone of an uncontrolled airport where the person has obtained permission from the airport or heliport operator;

  • (b) within a control zone of a controlled airport where the person has obtained an air traffic control clearance by two-way radio voice communication from the air traffic control unit of the airport; or

(3) A person may operate a hang glider in Class E airspace where

  • (a) the pilot
  • (i) is at least 16 years of age,
  • (ii) is in possession of a Category 1, 3 or 4 medical certificate, and
  • (iii) has obtained a grade of not less than 60 per cent on HGAR

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