AOPA Pressure Helps Break LogJam
The FAA has reportedly solved "internal logistical problems" at
the Los Angeles International (LAX) tower and, beginning at 1600
local on December 2 (0000Z, December 3), will make the VFR
transition "mini route" across the east end of LAX available 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
"Ever since the FAA established the VFR mini route, we've been
urging the agency to make it available to VFR pilots on a full-time
basis," said AOPA Air Traffic Manager Heidi Williams. "It is
imperative that general aviation VFR traffic has adequate access
through L.A.'s Class B airspace. This change will finally do
The "mini route" was introduced in June 2002 to replace the LAX
Shoreline Transition Route. That route had been suspended after
several instances of airliners getting too close to VFR traffic,
although it appears the VFR pilots were never at fault.
After originally permitting use of the mini route for only four
hours per day, the LAX tower doubled access in September 2002. But
there had been no further expansion of the route hours for the past
14 months, so AOPA had resumed urging the FAA to provide adequate
LOS ANGELES TOWER LETTER TO AIRMEN NO. 03-03
SUBJECT: LAX VFR “MINI ROUTE” TRANSITION
CANCELLATION: November 26, 2005
A two-directional transition over
LAX Airport for VFR aircraft is known as the Mini Route.
Fixed-wing, non-turbojet aircraft will transition via the Santa
Monica 128 radial at 2500 feet in direct communication with Los
Angeles Tower on 119.8. LAX must be in a west traffic (95% of the
time) or over-ocean (generally midnight to 0630L) configuration and
reporting a ceiling of at least 3000 feet and visibility of at
least three miles. In addition, Hawthorne and Santa Monica Airports
must be VFR.
Pilots should advise the Southern California Approach Control
(SOCAL Approach) or Santa Monica, Hawthorne, or Torrance Towers
that they are requesting the Mini Route. They should proceed to
Loyola College (LMU) from the North or the TRW building from the
South at 2500 feet, remain clear of Bravo airspace, and contact Los
Angeles Tower on 119.8 for clearance.
This transition is now available 24 hours a day, weather and
traffic configuration permitting, for all aircraft regardless of
their departure or arrival points.
If you have questions regarding this procedure, please contact
Steve Ramirez, Los Angeles Tower Support Specialist, at (310)