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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
Airport Operations

Types of Airports

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Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge



Table of Contents

Chapter 1, Introduction To Flying
Chapter 2, Aircraft Structure
Chapter 3, Principles of Flight
Chapter 4, Aerodynamics of Flight
Chapter 5, Flight Controls
Chapter 6, Aircraft Systems
Chapter 7, Flight Instruments
Chapter 8, Flight Manuals and Other Documents
Chapter 9, Weight and Balance
Chapter 10, Aircraft Performance
Chapter 11, Weather Theory
Chapter 12, Aviation Weather Services
Chapter 13, Airport Operation
Chapter 14, Airspace
Chapter 15, Navigation
Chapter 16, Aeromedical Factors
Chapter 17, Aeronautical Decision Making












Each time a pilot operates an aircraft, the flight normally
begins and ends at an airport. An airport may be a small sod
field or a large complex utilized by air carriers. This chapter
examines airport operations, identifies features of an airport
complex, and provides information on operating on or in the
vicinity of an airport.

Types of Airports

There are two types of airports—towered and nontowered.
These types can be further subdivided to:
• Civil Airports—airports that are open to the general
• Military/Federal Government airports—airports
operated by the military, National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA), or other agencies of
the Federal Government.
• Private airports—airports designated for private or
restricted use only, not open to the general public.