Bodo Airport

Bodø airport (ENBO) is situated on Hernes, at the tip of Bodo peninsula and is about 1,5 kilometers south west of the city. The airport is the sixth largest airport in Norway and the 15th largest airport in Nordic Region, in terms of passenger numbers. The airport is primarily served by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAX) and Wideroe (WIF). The airport has scheduled direct routes to international, domestic and charter destinations.

Bodo airport, where is it today was opened on May 12, 1952, when the first SAS flight arrived with a Douglas DC-7 (Guttorm Viking). The purpose with Bodo airport was a joint civil and militar airport i northern Norway, and Bodo was to be the main airport for this area of Norway. The initial runway was 2000 meters long, but was increased in the 1960s to obtain the NATO-standard. 

The passenger terminal, as one can see today, was built between 1983 and 1990. It was designed by a local architect firm, Boarch. The airport and terminal was also extended, with assistance of Boarch, until 2015. The airport was originally operated by the Norwegian Air Force, but this responsibility was transferred to Avinor on August 1st 2016. In February 2017 it was announced that a new airport, in connection to the existing one, will be built and is planned to be completed in 2025. 

Bodo is know for its strong winds, especially during winter, which can make the approaches challenging. Besides that it is an important city in regards to the fishing industry in Norway.

The airport is a joint civil and millitary aerodrome. The airport houses the 132nd Airwing which has 2 squadrons of jetfigthers and a unit of the 330 Search and Rescue Squadron with helicopters.

Charts & Flight procedures

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The airport has a single runway (07/25), which is 2794x45 meters. Runway 07 is the preferred runway for departures and arrivals, however selection of runway in use is based on METAR and TAF. 

Landing Distance Available (LDA) on runway 07/25 is 2794 meters.
Take-Off Distance Available (TODA) on runway 07 is 3063 meters, TODA on runway 25 is 2794 meters.

The airport has one main taxiway, W, which leads to the runway. Taxiway B, C, D and E are main exit points from the runway, while taxiway A and E are the main entry points to the runway. Taxiway B and C are often used as entry point for departing propeller aircraft on runway 07, and taxiway D is often used as entry point for departing propeller aircraft on runway 25.

The aerodrome is restricted to aircrafts which has a wingspan of less than 61 meter. If the Runway Visual Range (RVR) falls below 550m, no operations are allowed at the airport.

Departure - IFR

Approval for push-back shall be obtained from tower, and pushback is thereafter to be commenced without delay. Standard push-back is straight, but if traffic situation permits pushback onto taxiway Y is possible upon request. If pushing back from stand 20, only right hand turn out is allowed. 

De-icing mainly takes place on stand 24, but stand 23 may also be used by aircraft which has a wingspan of less than 28 meters.

Bodo airport has established Standard Instrument Departures (SID) and Omni-Directional Departures. These departures has an initial climb of 7000ft. When above the Minimum Sector Altitude (MSA) expect a possible direct to your first enroute waypoint. 

Separate departure procedures for helicopters are established.

Arrival - IFR

The airport has established Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STAR) which are RNAV 1. Aircraft unable for RNAV 1 arrivals must advise Norway ACC and Bodo Approach as soon as practical, and can expect radar vectors for final approach. Aircraft following a STAR can expect, at any time, to be cleared direct to one of the Initial Approach Fixes (IAF), and subsequently thereafter cleared for the approach as depicted on the charts. Always plan your descent with having a possible direct to the IAFs in mind. Some directs to IAF may put the aircraft in uncontrolled airspace, due to the required descent path, and information in regards to this will be provided by the Air Traffic Controller (ATC). Pilots needs to be aware of their surroundings and position in regards to other, uncontrolled traffic, whenever given a direct which places them in uncontrolled airspace.

Do not proceed beyond IAF without having received clearance for the approach!

The approach procedures does not comply with ICAO standards in terms of flat segment and base turn distances, and the ILS localizer signal for runway 25 may fluctuate when preceeding aircraft is between Missed Approach Point (MAPt) and Threshold (THR). The ILS localizer course for runway 25 is offset by 11 degrees.

Separate approach procedures for Helicopters are established for runway 07.

Parking positions

The below table can be used as a general guideline choosing parking positions at the airport.

Gate Usage Airlines
14, 17, 18 Domestic/international, jets SAS, NAX, 
11-13, 15,16, 19-21 Domestic, prop (11 also used for helicopters) WIF, LTR
22, 25, 26 Domestic, helicopters LTR
27-33 General aviation and light aircrafts VFR

Traffic circuits are to be flown south of the aerodrome.

Mandatory reporting and entry points to Bodo Control Zone (CTR) are established north, south and south east of the aerodrome. Pilots may be cleared from the entry points directly to downwind, base or final, without having to fly the VFR routes inside the CTR. Overflying the town of Bodo below 3000ft is not permitted.

VFR departures to the north is to be aware of Lofoten TMA (class D airspace from 3500ft), and departures to the south are to be aware of Helgeland TMA (class D airspace from 6500ft). 

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