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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Local Air Safety Information
Notice Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Notice Number: NOTC7841
Missoula International Airport (KMSO) RWY 30 Departures / Arriving Aircraft from the West
This notice expired on
Sunday, September 30, 2018

There has been an ongoing area of concern in the number of operational events involving aircraft tracking the RWY 12 Localizer inbound to Missoula International Airport (KMSO) when RWY 30 is the active runway.  The IFR Departure procedures RWY 30 are almost exactly aligned with the RWY 12 localizer which sets up an opposite direction situation.  As summer heats up, there will be more tanker operations that occur at KMSO.  Tracking the localizer RWY 12 inbound can place small aircraft opposite direction and in close proximity to larger, potentially wake generating aircraft.  To help alleviate this, it is strongly recommended that VFR arrivals inbound to KMSO from the West/Northwest off set to the South of the localizer final approach course when RWY 30 is active and in use; unless otherwise approved by ATC. 

For additional information regarding this issue please contact:

Stephnie Anason
Air Traffic Manager
Spokane Terminal Radar Approach Control/Airport Traffic Control Tower (GEG)

Office: (509) 742-2501


Keith Eberhard
Air Traffic Manager
Missoula Federal Contract Airport Traffic Control Tower (MSO)

Office: (406) 549-2979