Jan. 15, 2015

The FAA has issued a temporary “work around” for turbine-powered aircraft departing Kansas City-area airports on the ROYAL 6 departure, and transitioning northeast to standard terminal arrival routes (STARs) into Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).

The revised guidance addresses an existing ROYAL 6 transition that does not join the ORD/MDW STARs before the Kirksville VORTAC (IRK).

The new guidance, expected to be in place through Aug. 6, affects commercial and general aviation (GA) departures from Kansas City International Airport (MCI), as well as GA departures from Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC), Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport (LXT), Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC), Midwest National Air Center Airport (GPH), New Century AirCenter Airport (IXD), Rosecrans Memorial Airport (STJ) and Sherman Army Airfield (FLV).

Affected operators should file one of the following routes:

From the airports listed above to Chicago Midway (MDW):

Departure Airport..CAYKO..JTHRO..IRK.ENDEE3.KMDW

From the airports listed above to Chicago O’Hare (ORD):


The FAA is expected to issue a notice to airmen outlining these procedures, with a permanent resolution expected by mid-August.