Standard Airport Operating Procedures

The Erie Airport is dedicated to ensuring a safe operational environment for general aviation at Erie Municipal Airport (EIK). Our goal is to assess operational variables affecting the quality of life for all residents in the Erie area. In light of these considerations, we have developed the requested procedures with a clear understanding that the pilot in command holds ultimate authority over the safest operation of their aircraft. These procedures are designed to defer to the pilot’s judgment when conditions necessitate.

It is important to note that as the environment surrounding EIK evolves, these procedures may need adjustments to meet the changing needs of EIK, the Town of Erie, and the residents we serve.

Please remember that not everyone in and around the airport shares an enthusiasm for aviation. It's crucial to consider the impact our operations have on those on the ground. By following these Operational Procedures, we ensure safe and responsible general aviation activities, thereby enhancing the quality of life for those living near our airport and positively influencing their perception of the aviation community.

Community Relations

This airport receives complaints annually about flight operations over the surrounding areas. Many of these complaints can be mitigated through common courtesy and practical adherence to our Noise Abatement Procedures. Pilots are encouraged to operate their aircraft at reduced power settings in the airport traffic pattern or upon entering the traffic pattern, consistent with safety. This approach is expected to decrease the number of extended downwind and final approaches.

FAR Part 91 mandates a minimum altitude of 1,000 feet above ground level (AGL) when flying over congested areas, except as necessary for takeoff and landing. If pilots can maintain an altitude of 500 to 1,000 feet above the requirements of FAR Part 91, it will further reduce the aircraft's impact on the surrounding community.


  • Check Density Altitude
  • For departures from Runway 16, please exercise caution due to rising terrain.
  • BJC Class D Airspace is located southwest of the airport. 
  • IFR operations and approaches primarily originate from the north/northwest of the airport, utilizing VOR/GPS navigation.

Noise Abatement Procedures

When operating at Erie Municipal Airport, you are requested to follow the procedures outlined below, provided they do not compromise the safety of your flight. Your voluntary compliance with these noise abatement procedures is appreciated, unless compliance is mandated by FARs, weather conditions (including density altitude), aircraft limitations, or other safety considerations.

When Possible:

  • Avoid flying over heavily populated residential areas.


  • Climb to a safe and reasonable altitude before turning crosswind for all runways.
  • Reduce RPMs as soon as feasible after takeoff.


  • When on final approach, aim to fly at or above the PAPI guidance.
  • Avoid excessively low approaches.

Normal Traffic Pattern

  • Traffic Pattern Altitude: 6,130’ MSL 
  • Runway 34 - “Calm Wind” Runway 
  • Runway 34 – Left Traffic Pattern 
  • Runway 16 – Right Traffic Pattern