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Created 01/02/2016 02:32
Last Updated 12/23/2020 01:32
by Matthew Woerly

SOP_102 is the primary authority for PDX_APP operations with KVUO. This document is intended as additional reference on handling arrivals/departures there.

I.  IFR Departures

Portland Clearance/Delivery (or the next highest position if Delivery is offline) handles IFR clearances from Pearson Field (KVUO).  Further information on IFR clearances for Pearson Field are set out in a separate training document, Pearson Field (KVUO) IFR Clearance Procedures.

KVUO departure and approach frequency will be the Portland Final Approach sector (126.9) if online when Portland International Airport is in East flow, 124.35 otherwise.

On request for release, the Approach controller should coordinate the departure with Portland Tower, if online, and authorize release.  IFR departures are then subject to procedures set out in the Pearson Field Special Flights Rules Area (SFRA) including the use of Pearson Advisory, further details for which are set out in a separate training document, Pearson Field Operations (TWR).

Portland Approach should not issue turns until the aircraft is clear of Portland Tower's airspace.

Phraseology for IFR release from Pearson Field:



Portland Approach, Skyhawk 738 Foxtrot Delta, on the ground at Pearson with the weather, ready for IFR departure.

Portland Approach:


Skyhawk 738 Foxtrot Delta, released for departure.  Void if not airborne by [current time + 5 minutes] Zulu, time now [current time] Zulu.

If pilot is confirmed to have the obstacle departure procedure on board: Depart via the obstacle departure procedure...

If no ODP on board: On departure fly heading 360...

Contact me this frequency leaving 2,000.  Pearson Advisory is on 122.8, frequency change approved.

There is no need for pilots to make an initial call to Portland Tower (as Pearson Advisory) once approved for IFR release.


II.  IFR Arrivals

Currently, the only published IFR instrument approach to Pearson Field is the LDA-A.  LDA approaches are relatively uncommon—they are a type of localizer-based instrument approach where the offset angle for the localizer from the runway is greater than thirty degrees.  It is considered a non-precision instrument approach.  All LDA approaches are circle-to-land for all runways, and the LDA approach should be cleared to circle north of the airport to avoid interfering with KPDX arrivals to runway 10L or departures from runway 28R.

IFR arrivals into Pearson Field may also request the VOR-A approach into KPDX and switch to a visual approach into Pearson Field once the airport or the Columbia River is in sight.

All instrument approaches into Pearson Field should allow an aircraft to descend under the Portland Class Charlie shelf, allowing the Approach controller to approve a frequency change to Pearson Advisory as the aircraft enters the Pearson SFRA.

For aircraft crossing ZEZJI on the LDA-A, and for other IFR arrivals once the pilot reports Pearson Field or the Columbia River in sight, the Approach controller should advise of any traffic and instruct the aircraft as follows: “Advise missed approach or IFR cancellation this frequency.  Remain clear of the Class Portland Class Charlie airspace.  Pearson Advisory is on 122.8, frequency change approved.”

For coordination purposes, Portland Approach should issue a point out to Portland Tower for Pearson Field IFR arrivals, especially on the LDA-A or visual from the west as they may look like an arrival into KPDX runway 10L.

For aircraft on a visual approach into Pearson Field from the east, the Approach controller should coordinate with or handoff to Portland Tower as needed.