airport facility directory

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airport facility directory

A publication designed primarily as a pilot's operational manual, containing all airports, seaplane bases, heliports open to the public, communications data, navigational facilities, and certain special notices and procedures. In the United States, this publication is issued in seven volumes according to geographical areas.
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That's why we need to consult Notices to Airmen (Notams) prior to each flight, and also refer to the Aeronautical Chart Bulletin published in the back of each Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD).
I'm sure you've got a pack of those in your flight bag right between your Airport/Facility Directory and VFR sectionals, right?
The Airport/Facility Directory establishes the airport elevation at 6264 feet msl; the airport has a single runway, oriented north-south.
It occurred to me to pull out the Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD).
According to the Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD), "All published TEC routes are designed to avoid en route airspace and the majority are within radar coverage." These days, TECs are published in advance--look in the back of an A/FD--and should be well-known to pilots.
To see one of the ways the "system" evolved to help save time, you only have to look in the back of the Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD) at the section for Preferred IFR Routes--and if you're in the northeast corridor or southern California beehives, the section for Tower Enroute Control--to see what I mean.
With resources like the Internet, airborne databases and the FAA's Airport/Facility Directory, there's simply no excuse for not having this basic information in hand--and plugged into your communications radio--well before approaching the airport.