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  • ESDF - Ronneby

  • Overview

    Ronneby airport is an air force base and is home to the F 17 air wing. The airport has scheduled passenger flights to Stockholm Arlanda and Bromma as well as occasional charter flights. The airport is equipped with ILS for both runway directions.

    Charts and AIP information


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    Local Regulations

    IFR clearance

    There are no SIDs so expect clearance to the first point in the flight plan. Clearance may only be available after requesting startup/taxi since it has to be coordinated between Ronneby TWR and Sweden Control.

    Military traffic – general

    • Swedish military traffic uses feet or metres (1000 ft = 300 m) for altitudes, nautical miles (NM) or kilometres (km) for horizontal distances (1 NM = 2 km) and knots or kilometres per hour (kmh, 1 knot = 2 kmh) for speed. Note that feet, NM and knots shall be used unless otherwise requested.
    • When using metres to express levels, QFE is used below the transition altitude.
    • For take-off and landing, wind direction and speed may be expressed as the angle from the runway and the strength in knots or kmh (the latter is used when the aircraft is using metres and kmh). Example: RWY 32 in use and the wind is 340°/10 knots (20 kmh). This is expressed as: “wind from right 20 degrees, 10 knots” (or “20 kilometres” if kmh is used). Kmh is only used for aircraft applying metric units.
    • Military aircraft may fly in different formations, normally with two to four aircraft. When this is done the leading aircraft should squawk its assigned transponder code, and the other aircraft in the group should squawk standby. All aircraft in the group will receive individual transponder codes, to be used when/if splitting up the group.

    TMA speed restriction

    Maximum speed for aircraft type 60, 37, 39, and veteran aircraft type 32 and 35 is 300 kt (550 km/h) in TMA unless otherwise coordinated with ATC.

    Military traffic – arrival

    In VMC the VFR entry points may be used by military traffic.

    When landing in formation one landing clearance is given for all aircraft in the formation, except in extended formation when landing clearance is given to each individual aircraft.

    Landing clearance also constitutes a clearance to vacate the runway at the runway end and taxi to stand.

     Military traffic – departure


    Military aircraft do not require start-up clearance.

    Taxi clearance ”(call sign) RUNWAY (nr) [SQUAWK (code)] [QNH (or QFE) (value)]” equals to ”(call sign) TAXI TO HOLDING POINT RUNWAY (nr) …”


    Military jets are cleared via ”standard departure” unless otherwise indicated or coordinated with TMC. Phraseology: CLEARED STANDARD DEPARTURE 030/220. After departure the airplane climbs straight ahead until a specified turning point (TP) and turns to a heading according to the table below.

    Standard Departure TP definition Direction of turn Heading after turn
    030° (RWY 01) 0.7 NM from ARP / RON DME 1.4 / RWY end Right 030
    220° (RWY 19) 1.0 NM from ARP / RON DME 0.2 past RON / RWY end Right 220

    Note: ARP = Aerodrome Reference Point: The centre point of the runway

    Further clearance is given by Ronneby Control.

    Speed for MIL jet traffic 380 kt (700 km/h) during departure in TMA unless otherwise instructed.

    In VMC the VFR exit points may be used by military traffic.

    Military traffic – callsigns

    Below are some of the most common military callsigns used at Kallax.

    The following callsigns are used by military aircraft based at F 17 when flying as operational air traffic (OAT).

    Division/operator RTF callsign Abbreviation
    171 Division AQUILA AQLA
    172 Division GATOR GATR

    When flying as general air traffic (GAT) the Swedish Air Force uses the callsign SWEDEFORCE (SVF). GAT is used for example for transport flights and means the flight is operating on a “normal” civilian flight plan.

    Callsigns are constructed using two or three numbers as follows:

    TP84 (Hercules): 800 series (fin number is used)
    S100/TP100 (Saab 340) and S102/TP102 (Gulfstream IV and G550): 600 series
    JAS39: 01-99
    SK60: 200-299 (two seater), 400-499 (four seater)
    Helicopters: 300-399


    JAS39 flying as OAT: GATR15 (“Gator 15”)
    SK60 flying as OAT: AQLA235 (“Aquila 235”)
    Helicopter: WX349 (“Whitefox 349”)
    TP84 fin number 846: MITY846 (“Mighty 846” – when OAT), SVF846 (“Swedeforce 846” – when GAT)


    Civil apron at south side of AD reached by TWY A. Aero club on grass area west of RWY southern side. All other aprons MIL only.


    ID – Frequency – Callsign – Channel – Remarks 

    ESDF_TWR – 119.200 – Ronneby Tower – A – CTR
    ESDF_APP – 128.450 – Ronneby Control – C2 – TMA

    ESOS_1_CTR/ESOS_CTR – 118.400 – Sweden Control

    Airspace classification

    TMA and CTR: Class C

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