Westchester County Airport


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Westchester County Airport is in White Plains, NY but gets its airport code from three nearby towns: Harrison, Port Chester, and North Castle. Does that matter? Not really, but it is a piece of trivia worth cutting through some boredom waiting for pax. When the weather is good the airport is fairly easy. Both ends of the long runway can pose a visual perception problem, more about that below.


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Westchester County Airport


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Airport Diagram


Figure: KHPN Airport Diagram, from Eddie's cockpit.

Airport Risk Analysis

There is an ILS to both ends of the longer runway. The shorter runway is well under 5,000 feet and has a PCN low enough to worry about for some airplanes (PC 34/F/B/X/U). More about this: ACN versus PCN.

Noise Considerations

There is a voluntary restraint from flying program from midnight to 6:30 a/m. daily and they do prefer you do not turn base to Runway 34 inside the shoreline. There is more information available at: http://airport.westchestergov.com/about-us/environmental-management-system/noise-abatement or call airport management at 914-995-4861.

Class B Considerations


Figure: KJFK Class B, from Jeppesen Airways Manual, page KJFK 10-1B, 19 Jul 13

Arrival Notes


Both ends of Runway 16/34 pose a little bit of a problem for pilots who like to flare the airplane to zero VVI for that magical squeak-squeak of a landing. The runways slope away from you and zero VVI isn't going to cut it. You really ought to consider a different technique: Landing.

Runway 34


Photo: KHPN Runway 34, from Eddie's cockpit.

Video: KHPN ILS Rwy 34 (2015-07-09).

Departure Notes

If the tower is closed the best frequency to contact New York Departure is 126.4. You can also get them at 516-683-2961.

FBO Notes

CAA Approved: Landmark Avition East, 129.60, 914-761-3000.