New York ARTCC
Rev. 4 — 07 Apr 2020

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Area at a glance

Operational Positions

Position Callsign Radio Name Frequency Identifier
Ground NEL_GND Lakehurst Ground 118.370 MK
Tower NEL_TWR Lakehurst Tower 127.770 MH
Sector Callsign Radio Name Frequency Identifier Tag Squawk
WRI RAPCON WRI_APP McGuire Approach 126.470 MY Y 6760 — 6777


Clearance Delivery

Position Frequency Code
WRI_APP 126.47 MY
NY_CTR 125.32 N56

The table on the right lists the common frequencies used as departure frequency by NEL Clearance Delivery. The first available controller in this list should be handling departures.

Note that this table only serves as a guide. The actual departure frequency has to be determined based on coordination with the other online controllers.

If there is no other controller online that would accept departures from NEL, use UNICOM frequency (122.8).

Routing to certain airports in ZNY, ZDC and ZBW ARTCCs is precoordinated through letters of agreement (LOA). These routes have been added to the Preferred Route Database. Therefore, PRD must be referenced for all departures.

  1. The initial altitude for IFR departures of all types is 5,000’ whereas higher may be expected in 10 minutes after departure.
  2. There is no published departure procedure out of Lakehurst. All aircraft must be cleared to their destination via radar vectors to an NEL exit.

NEL is located inside McGuire Class Delta Airspace. All VFR traffic must establish two-way radio communications.

See the VFR Operations document for detailed explanation of applicable VFR procedures.


Departure Sequencing
Exit Gate Exits
North RBV
South CYN
  1. Aircraft should be sequenced to depart in the following order:
    1. By alternating gate group.
    2. If not the above, then by alternating exit.
    3. If not the above, then by aircraft type largest to smallest.
  2. Coordinate with Tower at the beginning of a shift if departures will “monitor” or “contact.” Also ensure to coordinate how Tower would like departure sequence forwarded.
  3. Before switching departing aircraft to Tower frequency, ensure the aircraft is aware of his or her number for takeoff. This is important for engine start and warm up times.
Runway Ownership and Crossings
  1. Closed runways shall be owned by Ground Control. The only time runways will ever be closed is during events, and closures must be authorized by the TMU. We do not simulate runway closures on VATSIM during standard day-to-day operations.
  2. Transfer of runway ownership, between Ground Control and Local Control, shall be accomplished verbally (or textually).
  3. Ground Control is authorized to cross all active runways with coordination with Local Control.
Taxi Routes
  1. As the taxiway system is simple, there are no pre-defined routings.
  2. Since there are no parallel taxiways, you may use each taxiway as a two-way road whereby aircraft may be taxied in the opposite direction on the same taxiway at the same time. When you do this, ensure that both aircraft are told to watch out for the other. This procedure is only available to single engine props during daylight hours as they are narrow enough to be able to fit two abreast.
  3. When the above is not available, hold departures on the ramp until the inbound aircraft is clear of the outbound aircraft. You may use conditional taxi instructions to accomplish this.


Releases from Lakehurst are automatic unless WRI RAPCON requests individual releases.
The standard departure separation technique to be used is anticipated radar separation. When wake turbulence is a factor, use timed separation in accordance with FAA Order JO 7110.65 para 3-9-6.
Radar (RACD)
This tower is equipped with a Remote ARTS Color Display (RACD) and is LRAC (Limited Radar Approach Control) certified. By agreement with WRI RAPCON, this tower shall NOT radar identify departing IFR aircraft and shall instruct a departing aircraft to contact Departure Control once they appear to be clear of any traffic. It is imperative that tower controllers observe departing traffic turning towards the assigned climb or heading before handing off. VFR aircraft can and must be radar identified to receive flight following within the tower's airspace, otherwise it is not necessary.
Aircraft Exiting the Runway
Arriving aircraft shall be issued a turn onto one of the taxiways adjacent to the landing runway to ensure the aircraft continues its taxi away from the runway exit. Handoff to Ground Control after the aircraft starts taxiing away from the active runway. Local Control will coordinate with Ground Control, as needed, to determine the traffic flow on the taxiways.
Runway Selection (normal operations)
Wind Speed Direction Configuration
Depart Land
0-4 Any 6,33 6
5 - 15 000-089 6,33 6
090-149 6 6
150-269 24 24,15
270-359 24,33 24
> 15 060-239 6 6
240-059 24 24

IFR aircraft must be given runway heading, unless otherwise coordinated with the departure controller.

PHRASEOLOGYFly runway heading, wind (wind), runway (runway), cleared for takeoff.
Runway Heading Altitude
6 Runway heading 2,000’
15 Runway heading 2,000’
24 Runway heading 2,000’
33 Runway heading 2,000’
63 Runway heading 2,000’
243 Runway heading 2,000’
Missed Approach Procedures
  1. Missed approaches or go-arounds must fly runway heading or track the localizer until reaching the departure end of the runway, then be issued a heading, unless the controller determines that it would be advantageous to delay or initiate a turn early.
  2. The table to the right indicates the heading and altitude that need to be assigned to a missed approach or go-around prior to release to TRACON frequency.
Additional Information
  1. In order to prevent increased workload on the TRACON, consider issuing missed approaches or go-arounds speed restrictions in accordance with FAA Order JO 7110.65.
  2. Coordinate with TRACON as soon as possible and hand off when Local Control traffic is not a factor.
  3. Sound judgment must be exercised when dealing with go-arounds or missed approaches. Deviate as necessary from the headings and altitudes listed on the table if using them would compromise safety.
  1. Class DELTA.
  2. The tower owns 2,600' and below within an 5 mile radius of the airport.
This tower is LRAC (Limited Radar Approach Control) certified.
All departures whose destinations are WRI should remain on the ground until an approval has been received from the destination tower (or from WRI RAPCON) that they are able to accept the aircraft into their airspace.
Flight Following
All aircraft should remain on the tower frequency unless the route of flight will or may impede the operations of WRI RAPCON while operating inside the tower's delegated portion of the Class Delta, or the aircraft will leave the tower's delegated portion of the Class Delta.
Pattern Work
Runway Direction
6 Left
15 Right
24 Right
33 Left
63 Left
243 Left
  1. Use the following as a guide for pilots wanting to perform pattern work at NEL.
  2. All props should be at 1,200’ and jets at 1,700’.
  3. Simultaneous pattern work at both runways is not allowed.


TRACON services for Lakehurst are provided by WRI RAPCON.



Change Date Description
CHG1 31 Aug 2003 MAJOR REVISION. See a full list of updates on the ZNY ARTCC forum.
CHG2 04 May 2015 MAJOR REVISION. Converted to Wiki format. Airspace delegation and video map diagrams were added. VFR beacon code range was updated.
CHG3 26 Jan 2016 Typo in departure frequency section was corrected.
CHG4 07 Apr 2020 Updated WRI RAPCON frequency. Updated IFR Beacon Code Ranges. Fixed broken links. Removed sections only relevant to WRI. Other minor stylistic changes.