Tromso Langnes Airport
Tromso Langnes (ENTC) is located on western shore of the island Tromsoya. The airport opened on 14 September 1964, replacing Tromso Airport, Skattora, a water aerodrome. Tromso became and still is the main hub for Widerøe's regional flights to Finnmark. Flights to other primary airports were carried out by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). Braathens SAFE and its Busy Bee subsidiary operated from Tromso from 1967 to 2002. Norwegian Air Shuttle has flown from Tromso since 1992 and Lufttransport had its main operating base at Tromsø.
The airport is primarily served by SAS Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAX) and Wideroe (WIF) with scheduled direct routes to 6 international destinations and 15 domestic destinations, as well as 7 charter destinations. The current terminal B was built in 1977, while terminal A opened in 1997. The latter extension came after a 240 meter (790 ft) runway extension and a new control tower.
Tromso is perhaps best known for the local beer brewery, but computer industry and production to the oil industry plays an important role as well. Tromso is pretty similar to Trondheim, where you will be offered beautiful approaches through valleys or fjords, depending on the arrival runway.
Charts & Flight procedures
The airport has a single runway (18/36), which is 2447x45 meters. Runway 01 is the preferred runway for departures and arrivals, however selection of runway in use is based on METAR and TAF. If weather and traffic situation permits, both runway 18 and 36 may be in use for arrivals and departures, depending on direction of flight.
Landing Distance Available (LDA) on runway 18 is 2004 meters, LAD on runway 36 is 2395 meters.
Take-Off Distance Available (TODA) on runway 18 is 2695 meters, TODA on runway 36 is 2751 meters.
The airport has one main taxiway, y, which leads to the runway. Taxiway C and E are main exit points from the runway, while taxiway A, B and E are the main entry points to the runway. Taxiway C are often used as runway entry point for propeller aircraft departing runway 36, and taxiway D is often used as runway entry point for departing propeller aircraft on runway 18.
If the Runway Visual Range (RVR) falls below 800 meters, Low Visibility Procedures (LVP) are activated. If RVR falls below 550m, no operations are allowed at the airport.
Departure - IFR
Pushback from all stands are straight back, but aircraft capable of leaving the stands 16-20 and 24-25 by own power may do so.
If requiring to use full length on runway 36 (backtrack from A), Air Traffic Control (ATC) is to be informed prior to start up.
De-icing takes place on the de-icing area to the north or south. The maximum capacity is one aircraft at the time.
Tromso has established RNAV Standard Instrument Departures (SID), non-RNAV SIDs and Omni-Directional Departures. These departures has an initial climb of F090. When above the Minimum Sector Altitude (MSA) expect to be cleared to your first enroute waypoint.
Arrival - IFR
The airport has established Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STAR) which are RNAV 1 and non-RNAV STARs. Aircraft unable for RNAV 1 arrivals must advise Norway ACC and Tromso Approach as soon as practical, and can expect to be rerouted and cleared for a non-RNAV STAR, or provided radar vectors for 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.
Do not proceed beyond IAF without having received clearance for the approach!
Glide paths on ILS to both runways are 4 degree paths, and not standard 3 degrees!
The RNAV GNSS A Approach is often assigned to propeller and turboprop aircrafts arriving from northeast to expedite their arrival. For runway 18 this will be more or less a straight in approach, whereas for runway 36 a circle to land procedure would be carried out.
All approaches, and specifically missed approaches, requires strict adherence to minimum altitudes and speed restrictions due to the surrounding terrain.
Windshear and/or eddies may occur on final when winds are 200-270 at or above 20 knots (KT).
The below table can be used as a general guideline choosing parking positions at the airport.
|Gate||Usage||Example airlines and types
|21-23||Domestic/international, jets||SAS, NAX|
|24, 25||Domestic, prop||WIF|
|18-20||Domestic/international, prop and jets||WIF|
|16, 17||All others|
|GA Apron south of De-Ice N||General aviation, light propeller aircrafts||VFR|
Traffic circuits are to be flown west of the aerodrome.
Mandatory reporting and entry points to Tromso Control Zone (CTR) are established northwest, northeast, southeast, soutwest and west of the aerodrome. Routes to follow inside the CTR is also established, and should be expected to be used. Arriving aircraft may be cleared from the entry points directly to downwind, base or final, without having to fly the VFR routes inside the CTR. The same applies for departing aircraft, being cleared directly to an exit point after departure.