FAA Releases Notam For Kentucky Derby


Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, will be abuzz on May 5 as the Kentucky Derby will be held that day. The skies above Louisville will also be abuzz with aircraft before, during and after. The FAA has released an air traffic procedures Notam for the Louisville area between May 2-6, with details on how the agency will manage the expected air traffic.

The National Business Aviation Association says best practices for aircraft operators planning to operate to or from Louisville-area Airports between May 2-6 include the following:

  • Although there will be no air traffic slot reservation program in effect, operators should contact their preferred FBOs in advance to advise expected arrival and departure dates and times.
  • Operators should file normal preferred routes into the Louisville area.
  • Operators should file specific departure routes as outlined in the FAA air traffic procedures Notam.
  • Operators should file flight plans in and or out of the Louisville area between 24 and six hours prior to planned departure (the earlier the better).
  • If an FAA-managed ground delay program is in effect for Louisville International Airport (SDF), operators can obtain their expected departure clearance time from their flight plan service provider or the FAA website.

Click here to view the FAA Notam for the Kentucky Derby.