Hello! Aspen Pitkin County Airport currently has an active NOTAM stating that no aircraft larger than the CRJ-900 are permitted. Does the Q-400 count as a larger aircraft? Thanks for the help!
No. You may fly the Q400 :)
Ok, thanks for the clarification
If I’m not mistaken, I believe the TFRs are based on aircraft class size, not each individual aircraft. For example, the CRJ is size B, while the Q400. The restriction states A320/B737/CRJ1000+
The first two aircraft in that restriction are size C, meaning the Q400 would be fine.
You can check out all IF aircraft sizes here:
If its ICAO is rated C, does that have anything to do with Class Charlie Airspace?
Well, I think that a Q400 can fly there, because Frontier had a flight on their Q400 from Denver to Aspen.
Yes, it can handle Q400. If you go into ifatc.org(if you haven’t already) it says Q400 as claas C
Nope. A class Charlie airspace is a busy airport with instrument approaches. It’s protected in a way that you need a mode C 4096 transponder (Encodes altitude) and need to be in contact with ATC prior to entrance. You can be a Cessna 172, or an A380. Size doesn’t matter.
Great! Thats the clarification I needed. I already assumed that it was certified due to the fact that Frontier flies there to and from Denver
Regardless if airport have specific gates to handle it, the TFR says no aircraft larger than CRJs can be there, both sources linked above agree that CRJ is class B and Q400 is class C
I edited my original post. The restriction states A320/B737/CRJ1000+
Those first two are size C just like the Q400.
But yes, just because a real life airline flies somewhere with a certain aircraft doesn’t mean that then doesn’t apply to the TFR. In this case however, the Q400 is 100% fine in Aspen.