Updated March 26, 2021

If your business plans take you to the Augusta, GA area the first week of April, operators should be aware the FAA has released a special air traffic procedures NOTAM in relation to the 2021 Masters Golf Tournament, which takes place the week of April 4-11.

While the large crowds of years past will not be present, this year’s Masters is allowing limited attendance over last fall. As such, NBAA is anticipating an increase in air traffic operations in and out of the area’s four primary airports.

In addition to the airport and NAS notes briefed below, please be aware that FBOs may have additional requirements due to the ongoing Covid-19 posture.

Preferred IFR Arrival and Departure Routes

Flight operators should note that there are preferred arrival routes and departure routes for Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field (AGS), Aiken Municipal Airport (AIK), Daniel Field (DNL) and Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (HQU) throughout the duration of the event. Flight operators not utilizing the preferred routes included in the NOTAM should expect ATC to issue route amendments which could potentially delay your flight. In order to receive advanced navigation RNAV procedures/routes, ensure you use the correct PBN capability qualifier when filing your flight plan.

View the FAA Masters 2021 special air traffic procedures NOTAM. (PDF)

In addition, FAA traffic management Initiatives are possible during periods of peak demand, including route amendments, miles-in-trail, metering, ground stops and ground delay programs (GDP). If a GDP is implemented, operators will be assigned an EDCT. The air traffic demand in conjunction with the airport arrival rate will determine the delay assignment.

Augusta, GA Area Airports – Requirements and Notes

There are four airports in the Augusta, GA region that are commonly used during the week of Masters. Detailed information and reservations specific to Masters 2021 for all four area airports are available on the FBO webpage for each airport.

Pertinent operational information, which includes the advance notification requirements, is outlined below for each individual airport. All area airports have full service FBOs, which can accommodate operational and customer service needs.

Although parking reservations will not be required at any of the four Augusta area airports, it is highly recommended to contact the FBO or visit the appropriate webpage prior to your operation to provide dates and times of your operation.

Ramp fees are expected at each airport during this event. Please contact the FBO to obtain specific ramp fee information.

Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field (AGS)

  • Reservations are recommended and users are strongly encouraged to enter their firm flight details. Make your reservations through the Augusta FlightBridge website.
  • Operators who need to inquire with the FBO prior to their flight may call 706-798-2656.
  • Augusta Airport has the option to close Runway 8/26 to accommodate additional aircraft parking if needed.
  • Additional fuel trucks and staffing will be available to assist with aircraft service needs.
  • Augusta Regional Airport is located approximately 13 miles from Augusta National, approximately 20-25 minutes from Augusta National.

Aiken Municipal Airport (AIK)

  • It is requested that aircraft reservations be made in advance through Aiken Aviation either by phone at 803-648-7803, or via mastersairport.com.
  • All departing IFR aircraft contact Augusta Approach Control on 126.075 for IFR clearance prior to departure.
  • Runway 01/19 may be closed for additional parking while Runway 07/25 with papi lights, ILS and RNAV (GPS) approaches will remain open for traffic.
  • The ramp frequency 122.775 will be used after landing for parking and crew/passenger transportation information. As of now, masks are required while in the FBO.
  • Aiken Municipal Airport is located 1 mile off I-20 just north of Augusta, approximately 30 minutes from Augusta National.

Daniel Field (DNL)

  • Be aware of some changes to DNL procedures that may differ from the past due to a non-operational control tower. See NOTAM for more information.
  • IFR aircraft should call HQU GCO 706-771-1777 for IFR clearance.
  • Daniel Field is located approximately 3 miles from Augusta National, approximately 10-15 minutes from Augusta National.

Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (HQU)

  • Advance parking reservations are recommended for all aircraft. Reservations can be obtained through Spirit Aviation at 706-595-1300, or via the Spirit Aviation website.
  • IFR aircraft should call HQU GCO 706-771-1777 for IFR clearance.
  • Thomson-McDuffie County Airport is located 2 miles off I-20 just west of Augusta, approximately 30 minutes from Augusta National.