Runway 18L – when in use and weather minimums permit, air carrier aircraft arriving are strongly encouraged to utilize the following established noise abatement procedures:
1.) VOR/DME - Available 24 hours daily. Must request approach procedure on initial contact with Tampa Approach Control.
2.) North Bay Visual – Available during daylight hours between official sunrise and sunset, when the Control Tower is in operation. Must request approach procedure on initial contact with Tampa Approach Control.
3.) RNAV (GPS) – Available 24 hours daily. Must request the approach procedure on initial contact with Tampa Approach Control.
Air carriers departing Runways 18L and 36R will be assigned the St. Pete standard instrument departure procedure by the Control Tower.
Voluntary Quiet Hours
To the extent practicable, air carriers are to avoid the scheduling of air carrier and cargo flights during the Airport's "Voluntary Quiet Window" between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. local time daily.
The following operations are strongly discouraged by between the hours of 11:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. local time daily, unless otherwise pre-approved by the Airport Director or his representative:
- “Touch-and-go” takeoffs and landings
- Practice instrument approaches
- Engine ground run-ups for routine maintenance purposes
Fly Friendly Program
The Office of Noise Affairs offers free General Aviation and Fly Friendly presentations to local pilot organizations, aviation-related businesses, and flight schools. The presentation runs about an hour and includes a video presentation on noise abatement techniques for pilots along with information specific to operating at PIE. To schedule a presentation, contact the Office of Noise Affairs at (727) 453-7877.