Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., and the surrounding area is host to a variety of aviation activities. Military training, commercial airline operations, parachute jumping and general aviation all take place within a relatively small volume of airspace. It is every pilot's responsibility to be aware of the hazards that exist in this environment and to do all they can to minimize risks. The 92nd Air Refueling Wing Safety Office has put together this brochure to highlight potentially hazardous areas of operation and to provide both civil and military pilots a common knowledge base. The 92 ARW Safety Office can be reached at (509) 247-4736.
Fairchild Air Force Base is the home to the 92d Air Refueling Wing, the 141st Air Refueling Wing (Air National Guard), the 36th Rescue Flight and the Army Aviation Support Flight-2. Both wings operate the same versions of the Boeing KC-135 "Stratotanker." The 36th Rescue Flight operates the Bell UH-1 "Huey" helicopter. The Army operates the UH-60. The 141st ARW also operates the Fairchild C-26B Metroliner. Fairchild AFB is located in CLASS C airspace, shared with Spokane International Airport. Due to the close proximity of the two major airfields, aircraft movement into and out of these locations must be accomplished with extra vigilance. Fairchild AFB has a single runway measuring 13,899 feet long and 100 feet wide. It is designated with the markings 5 and 23. Operations are primarily conducted on Runway 23, to minimize exposure to traffic from Spokane International Airport.
Spokane Approach maintains radar control for IFR traffic from Fairchild AFB and Spokane International Airport. Fairchild AFB aircraft normally communicate with Spokane Approach and Fairchild Tower using VHF frequencies.
ATIS 257.625 UHF
Spokane Approach 123.75 / 133.35
Spokane International Airport (Geiger Field)
CLNC DEL 127.55
Approach (West) 123.75
Approach (East) 133.35
Tower (CTAF) 132.5
Spokane Approach 133.35
Mead CTAF 122.9
Deer Park CTAF 123.0
The following techniques will provide the safest wake turbulence avoidance when operating in the vicinity of large/ heavy aircraft.
Fairchild Mid-Air Collision Avoidance Brochure
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association