New York ARTCC
WRI SOP
Rev. 6 — 02 Jul 2020

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Area at a glance

Operational Positions

Position Callsign Radio Name Frequency Identifier
Clearance Delivery WRI_DEL McGuire Clearance Delivery 135.200 MC
Ground WRI_GND McGuire Ground 121.800 MG
Tower WRI_TWR McGuire Tower 118.650 ML
ATIS KWRI_ATIS 110.600
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


ATCT

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 WRI 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 WRI, 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.

  • The initial altitude for IFR departures is 5,000’. Some intra-RAPCON flights also have initial altitudes that are non-standard.
  • Most IFR departures from WRI start with a SID. If the pilot files a route that does not start with a SID, recommend an amendment that would start with the proper SID.
  • All SIDs out of WRI have specific crossing restrictions, and are subject to the "Climb via SID" procedure. The usage of climb via SID is explained in FAA Order JO 7110.65 para 4-3-2 and Climb via SID Phraseology.
  • Use the tabs below to access information about various departure procedures and their climbs.


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PTW# Departure (pronounced Pottstown (Version #), such as Pottstown Three) is the standard departure procedure for departures to the west, northwest and north. The picture on the right shows the initial climb for each runway. All climbs will get the aircraft to join RBV R-269 outbound, to cross WHITZ at 5,000'. Valid transitions include ETX (East Texas) and RAV (Ravine).

The primary objective of PTW# is to keep the WRI departure traffic separated from other traffic flying through the Philadelphia airspace. The primary purpose of the climbs is to keep the WRI departure traffic separated from the restriction area R-5001 to the east of WRI airport.

PHRASEOLOGYCleared to (clearance limit), Pottstown Three departure, East Texas transition; then, as filed. Climb via SID, except maintain 5,000...
PTPL5climbs.png

PTPL# Departure (pronounced Point Pleasant (Version #), such as Point Pleasant Five) is the standard departure procedure for departures to the east and northeast. The picture on the right shows the initial climb for each runway. All climbs will get the aircraft to join RBV R-122 outbound, to cross DIXIE at or above 3,000'. Valid transitions include SHLEP.

The primary objective of PTPL# is to keep the WRI departure traffic separated from other ZNY traffic including arrivals to JFK. The primary purpose of the climbs is to keep the WRI departure traffic separated from the restriction area R-5001 to the east of WRI airport.

PHRASEOLOGYCleared to (clearance limit), Point Pleasant Five departure, SHLEP transition; then, as filed. Climb via SID, except maintain 5,000...
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MXE# Departure (pronounced Modena (Version #), such as Modena Four) is the standard departure procedure for departures to the west, southwest and south. The picture on the right shows the initial climb for each runway. All climbs will get the aircraft to join RBV R-269 outbound, to cross WHITZ at 5,000'. Valid transitions include EMI (Westminster), MRB (Martinsburg) and AIR (Bellaire).

The primary objective of MXE# is to keep the WRI departure traffic separated from other traffic flying through the Philadelphia airspace. The primary purpose of the climbs is to keep the WRI departure traffic separated from the restriction area R-5001 to the east of WRI airport.

PHRASEOLOGYCleared to (clearance limit), Modena Four departure, Westminster transition; then, as filed. Climb via SID, except maintain 5,000...

WRI 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.


Ground

Departure Sequencing
Exit Gate Exits
North RBV
East DIXIE, SHLEP
West NAGGS, ARD, ETX, RAV, AIR, MRB, EMI
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.
Intersection Departures and Usable Runway Lengths
  1. Tower controllers may initiate/authorize intersection takeoffs. The measured distance from the intersection to the runway end will not be issued to aircraft unless specifically requested. The distance remaining, rounded down to the nearest 50', from each intersection where takeoff is authorized is as follows.
24 06 18
B (2,100') B (7,900') J (6,450')
C (7,200') C (2,800') L (6,150')

Tower

Releases
Releases from McGuire are automatic unless WRI RAPCON requests individual releases.
Separation
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 6,36 6
5 - 15 000-089 6,36 6
090-149 6 6
150-269 24 24,18
270-359 24,36 24
> 15 060-239 6 6
240-059 24 24
  • For IFR traffic that is flying a published climb, do not assign a heading (this will override the climb); instead, instruct the pilot to fly the departure procedure.
    PHRASEOLOGYCactus123, fly the Pottstown Tree departure, wind 330 at 10, runway 36, cleared for takeoff
  • For IFR traffic that is not flying a published climb, departure heading will be runway heading.
Runway Heading Altitude
6 Runway heading 2,000’
18 220 2,000’
24 Runway heading 2,000’
36 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 RAPCON frequency.
Additional Information
  1. In order to prevent increased workload on the RAPCON, consider issuing missed approaches or go-arounds speed restrictions in accordance with FAA Order JO 7110.65.
  2. Coordinate with RAPCON 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.
Airspace
  1. Class DELTA.
  2. The tower owns 2,600' and below within an 5 mile radius of the airport.
Radar
This tower is LRAC (Limited Radar Approach Control) certified.
Departures
All departures whose destinations are NEL 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 Right
18 Right
24 Left
36 Left
  1. Use the following as a guide for pilots wanting to perform pattern work at WRI.
  2. All props should be at 1,200’ and jets at 1,700’.
  3. Simultaneous pattern work at both runways is not allowed.


RAPCON

Coordination
Procedures contained in Letters of Agreement shall apply at all times unless prior verbal (or textual) coordination between facilities has been affected otherwise.
Position Combining/Decombining
Coordinate prior to combining/decombining pertinent positions within facilities with any affected controllers.
Point Outs
When using an automated point out, verbal (or textual) approval must be obtained before an aircraft may enter another controller’s airspace. An automated point out not accompanied by a verbal or textual description does NOT constitute a valid point out.
Separation Minima
Minimum radar separation between aircraft shall be at least three miles (intra-RAPCON) or five miles (RAPCON-Center) constant or increasing when transfer of control is accomplished. Other factors such as wake turbulence separation and miles-in-trail requirements may increase this minimum.
Conflicting Flows
When the facilities for which the LOA pertains to must use conflicting traffic flows, they shall do so alternately, governed by traffic volume and delays at each airport or airspace.
Restricted Areas R-5001 and R-5002
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  1. Restricted Area R-5001 is approximately 1 mile east of McGuire airport and approximately 4 miles west of Lakehurst airport. Restrictions are as follows:
    1. From surface to 4,000' only during 06:00 to 23:30 local time.
    2. From 4,000' to 8,000' during daytime of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  2. Restricted Area R-5002 is approximately 4 miles south of CYN, and includes the airspace above NJ24 airport. Restrictions are as follows:
    1. Area A: From surface to but not including 14,000' during daytime.
    2. Area B: From 1,000' to but not including 14,000' during daytime.
    3. Area C: From surface to 3,000' during daytime.
    4. Area D: From surface to 4,000' during daytime.
    5. Area E: From 3,500' to but not including 14,000' during daytime.
    6. Area F: From 14,000' to but not including FL200 during daytime.
From Through To Route Altitude Hand-off Frequency Type
From WRI Area to N90 TRACON Areas
WRI/NEL ARD EWR DIXIE V276 RBV 060 4P 128.55 Jets
050 4P 128.55 Props
METRO EWR DIXIE V276 RBV V249 METRO 040 4H 132.80 EWR SATS
EMP LGA RBV V123 NANCI 080 1D 127.30 Jets
MET 040 4H 132.80 Props
MET HPN/DXR ZIGGI V276 RBV V249 SAX V39 BREZY 050 4H 123.80 LGA SATS
CAM JFK / JFK SATS RBV V276 ZIGGI 050 2G 128.12
CAM ISP / ISP SATS RBV V276 ZIGGI 050 2G 128.12
PHL / PHL SATS CYN V312 OOD 050 6V 119.75 PHL on East Ops
6S 133.87 PHL on West Ops
MET PNE RBV V276 ARD 040 4H 123.80
From WRI Area to ACY TRACON Areas
WRI/NEL ACY DIXIE V229 040 124.60
ACY DIXIE V16 VCN 060 124.60 OVERFLIGHTS ONLY
Area Airport List
Area Abbreviation Satellite Airport Codes
Elmira Area ELM ELM, BGM, ITH, SYR
Harrisburg Area MDT MDT, CXY, LNS, MUI, SEG, THV, ZER, N68, N71, N79, N94, 58N, 74N, 9D4
Islip Area ISP ISP, HWV, 23N
Islip Area East ISPE FOK, HTO, MTP, 03NY, 1N2, 21N, 87N
Islip Area North ISPN BDR, HVN, JSD, OXC, SNC, 42B
Kennedy Area JFK JFK, FRG
LaGuardia Area LGA LGA
LaGuardia Area North LGAN DXR, HPN
Liberty Area LIB SWF, POU, MGJ, MSV, NY35, N45, N69, N72, N82, N89, 06N, 20N, 44N, 46N, 5NY5
McGuire Area WRI WRI, NEL, BLM, MJX, N12, N14, N73, N81, N87, NJ20, NJ24, NJ46, NJ59, NJ60, NJ69, NJ72, NJ75, NJ87, 19N, 2N6, 2N8, 3N6, 3N7, 46NJ, 6NJ0
Newark Area EWR EWR
Newark Area North EWRN CDW, FWN, MMU, TEB, N05, N07, 1N7, 12N, 13N, 3N5, 4N1
Newark Area South EWRS LDJ, SMQ, N51, 39N, 47N
Philadelphia Area PHL PHL
Philadelphia Area North PHLN CKZ, DYL, LOM, PNE, PTW, TTN, UKT, N10, N47, 3NJ6, 9N1
Philadelphia Area South PHLS EVY, ILG, MQS, OQN, N57, NJ74, 17N, 58M, 7N7
Wilkes-Barre Area AVP AVP, HZL, MPO, WBW, N13, N30, 70N, 76N, 8N4, 9N3
Area Abbreviation Satellite Airport Codes
Atlantic City Area ACY MIV, OBI, WWD, N87, 26N
Baltimore Area BAL ANP, APG, DMW, EDG, ESN, FDK, FME, GAI, MTN, MD31, W18, W29, W42, W48, W50, 0W3, 2W2, 9W8
Dover Area DOV GED, 0N4, 33N
Washington Dulles Area IAD CJR, EZF, FRR, HEF, HWY, JYO, MRB, NYG, OKV, RMN, 2VG2
Washington National Area DCA ADW, CGS, DAA, NDY, VKX, W00, W32, 2W5
From / Through To Route Altitude Hand-off Frequency Type
ARD WRI/NEL HAR# STAR / NAGGS CYN 050 All
ACY WRI/NEL SIE# STAR / PANZE ZIGGI 060 All
Area Airport List
Area Abbreviation Satellite Airport Codes
Elmira Area ELM ELM, BGM, ITH, SYR
Harrisburg Area MDT MDT, CXY, LNS, MUI, SEG, THV, ZER, N68, N71, N79, N94, 58N, 74N, 9D4
Islip Area ISP ISP, HWV, 23N
Islip Area East ISPE FOK, HTO, MTP, 03NY, 1N2, 21N, 87N
Islip Area North ISPN BDR, HVN, JSD, OXC, SNC, 42B
Kennedy Area JFK JFK, FRG
LaGuardia Area LGA LGA
LaGuardia Area North LGAN DXR, HPN
Liberty Area LIB SWF, POU, MGJ, MSV, NY35, N45, N69, N72, N82, N89, 06N, 20N, 44N, 46N, 5NY5
McGuire Area WRI WRI, NEL, BLM, MJX, N12, N14, N73, N81, N87, NJ20, NJ24, NJ46, NJ59, NJ60, NJ69, NJ72, NJ75, NJ87, 19N, 2N6, 2N8, 3N6, 3N7, 46NJ, 6NJ0
Newark Area EWR EWR
Newark Area North EWRN CDW, FWN, MMU, TEB, N05, N07, 1N7, 12N, 13N, 3N5, 4N1
Newark Area South EWRS LDJ, SMQ, N51, 39N, 47N
Philadelphia Area PHL PHL
Philadelphia Area North PHLN CKZ, DYL, LOM, PNE, PTW, TTN, UKT, N10, N47, 3NJ6, 9N1
Philadelphia Area South PHLS EVY, ILG, MQS, OQN, N57, NJ74, 17N, 58M, 7N7
Wilkes-Barre Area AVP AVP, HZL, MPO, WBW, N13, N30, 70N, 76N, 8N4, 9N3
Area Abbreviation Satellite Airport Codes
Atlantic City Area ACY MIV, OBI, WWD, N87, 26N
Baltimore Area BAL ANP, APG, DMW, EDG, ESN, FDK, FME, GAI, MTN, MD31, W18, W29, W42, W48, W50, 0W3, 2W2, 9W8
Dover Area DOV GED, 0N4, 33N
Washington Dulles Area IAD CJR, EZF, FRR, HEF, HWY, JYO, MRB, NYG, OKV, RMN, 2VG2
Washington National Area DCA ADW, CGS, DAA, NDY, VKX, W00, W32, 2W5
Letter of Agreement
Newark TRACON (EWR) & McGuire RAPCON (WRI)
Rev. 1 — 2 Mar 2015
Purpose
This agreement prescribes transfer of control procedures, radar handoff procedures, route/altitude assignments, and delegation of airspace between Newark TRACON (EWR) and McGuire RAPCON (WRI).
Scope
The procedures contained herein must apply unless prior coordination is effected.
Disclosure
vZNY and any other facilities mentioned in this document are affiliated with the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation (VATSIM) network. The procedures outlined in this document are intended exclusively for use in the VATSIM flight simulation environment and must never be used for actual flight or air traffic control operations. vZNY and any other facility mentioned in this document are not affiliated with the FAA in any manner.
Coordination
Procedures contained in Letters of Agreement shall apply at all times unless prior verbal (or textual) coordination between facilities has been affected otherwise.
Position Combining/Decombining
Coordinate prior to combining/decombining pertinent positions within facilities with any affected controllers.
EWR arrivals from WRI airspace
  1. WRI feeds ARD from RBV V249 METRO at 6,000' on EWR Jet/HPTP arrivals.
  2. When N90 is unable to accept traffic landing EWR, N90 will delegate that portion of the RBV holding pattern north of V276 (i.e. EWR Area #36, WRI Area #12) at 6,000' to WRI.
  3. WRI shall affect a radar handoff and transfer communications at least 2½ miles from the airspace boundary lines. ARD has control for turns 30 degrees left or right of the inbound course.
Letter of Agreement
Philadelphia TRACON (PHL) & McGuire RAPCON (WRI)
Rev. 1 — 2 Mar 2015
Purpose
This agreement prescribes transfer of control procedures, radar handoff procedures, route/altitude assignments, and delegation of airspace between Philadelphia TRACON (PHL) and McGuire RAPCON (WRI).
Scope
The procedures contained herein must apply unless prior coordination is effected.
Disclosure
vZNY and any other facilities mentioned in this document are affiliated with the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation (VATSIM) network. The procedures outlined in this document are intended exclusively for use in the VATSIM flight simulation environment and must never be used for actual flight or air traffic control operations. vZNY and any other facility mentioned in this document are not affiliated with the FAA in any manner.
Coordination
Procedures contained in Letters of Agreement shall apply at all times unless prior verbal (or textual) coordination between facilities has been affected otherwise.
Position Combining/Decombining
Coordinate prior to combining/decombining pertinent positions within facilities with any affected controllers.
WRI RAPCON Departure Procedures
  1. WRI traffic direct ARD shall remain in WRI airspace until approval request (APREQ) has been requested from and approved by PHL TRACON.
  2. WRI shall handoff traffic on the PTW# or MXE# crossing WHITZ at 5,000' or between WHITZ and NAGGS climbing to 6,000'.
  3. WRI shall handoff traffic not on PTW# or MXE# which is direct NAGGS, crossing WHITZ at 5,000' or between WHITZ and NAGGS climbing to 6,000'. Traffic direct NAGGS at lower altitudes should be on an APREQ basis.
WRI RAPCON Arrival Procedures
  1. PHL shall handoff traffic on the HAR# arrival to WRI crossing NAGGS at 5,000'.
  2. WRI has control on contact for turns 30 degrees left or right of the inbound course.
Letter of Agreement
McGuire RAPCON (WRI) & Atlantic City TRACON (ACY)
Rev. 1 — 2 Mar 2015
Purpose
This agreement prescribes transfer of control procedures, radar handoff procedures, route/altitude assignments, and delegation of airspace between McGuire RAPCON (WRI) and Atlantic City TRACON (ACY).
Scope
The procedures contained herein must apply unless prior coordination is effected.
Disclosure
vZNY and any other facilities mentioned in this document are affiliated with the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation (VATSIM) network. The procedures outlined in this document are intended exclusively for use in the VATSIM flight simulation environment and must never be used for actual flight or air traffic control operations. vZNY and any other facility mentioned in this document are not affiliated with the FAA in any manner.
Coordination
Procedures contained in Letters of Agreement shall apply at all times unless prior verbal (or textual) coordination between facilities has been affected otherwise.
Position Combining/Decombining
Coordinate prior to combining/decombining pertinent positions within facilities with any affected controllers.
WRI RAPCON Arrival Procedures
ACY shall handoff WRI arrivals on the SIE# STAR crossing PANZE at 6,000'


Appendix

Changelog

Change Date Description
CHG1 31 Aug 2003 MAJOR REVISION. See a full list of updates on the ZNY ARTCC forum.
CHG2 08 Mar 2015 MAJOR REVISION. Converted to Wiki format. Airspace delegation and video map diagrams were added.
CHG3 04 May 2015 Link to NEL SOP was restored. VFR beacon code range was updated. WRI APP frequency was corrected. Restricted areas R-5001 and R-5002 are explained.
CHG4 18 Jan 2017 Typo in departure frequency was corrected.
CHG5 02 May 2020 Updated WRI RAPCON frequency. Updated IFR Beacon Code Ranges. Fixed broken links. Other minor stylistic changes.
CHG6 02 Jul 2020 Added intersection departure distances