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Picture of an old chart, with a farewell message on the MCDU.
Picture courtesy of Pornsinsiriruk K.

On 25th of October, 2018, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) issued an AIP Amendment 13/2018. It mostly contains an update to Standard Instrument Departures (SID), Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STAR) and Instrument Approaches of Don Mueang International Airport (VTBD) and Suvarnabhumi International Airport (VTBS). This post will explain in details of the changes that became effective on 6th of December, 2018, at 0000Z.


Standard Instrument Departures

  • VTBD, runway 21: change the number from 1/2 to 3, e.g. SABIS2A is changed to SABIS3A, TANGO1B is changed to TANGO3A.
  • VTBD, runway 03: no changes.
  • VTBS, change the number from 1/2 to 3.
  • Initial climb is now 8,000 feet for VTBD, 6,000 feet for VTBS

For example, if you want to depart from VTBD via Y6, using runway 21R, you’ll be using TANGO1A departure.


Standard Terminal Arrival Routes

  • VTBD, runway 21: change the number from 1 to 3, e.g. ENDUU1A is changed to ENDUU3A.
  • VTBD, runway 03: no changes.
  • VTBS, change the number from 1 to 3.

For example, if you want to arrive to VTBS via Y6, using runway 19L, you’ll be using NORTA3C arrival.


Sector File for IvAc 1

The changes indicated above is incorporated into Sector File for IvAc 1 v2.1813.1. You can download the sector file at https://github.com/ivaothai/ivac-sector-file/releases/latest.


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Sarun Intaralawan

IVAO Thailand Division Webmaster
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