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Erie International Airport/Aviation

Last updated on 04-06-13.

Aviation is one of those things I never really got into monitoring all that much.  I don’t live within 30 miles of an airport at my house, and the airports in the area are fairly small.  Nevertheless, there are interesting communications to be heard in Erie County from Erie International Airport, and even away from Erie you can hear aviation traffic.

Aviation can be a fairly interesting part of the scanning hobby.  You don’t have to be in any certain location to have activity; you will be able to hear communications just about anywhere in the country.

Civilian aircraft communicate in the 108 to 137 MHZ frequency range, in AM mode.  Military aircraft communicate in the 225 to 400 MHZ range, also in AM mode.  I am not very familiar with military aviation monitoring, because it is much more challenging and you need good antennas to be successful.  This page will be devoted almost entirely to civilian air traffic.

ERIE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KERI)

Erie International Airport provides some basic aviation monitoring listening for folks in the immediate Erie area.  There are several frequencies you will want to listen to and to know what they are.  All frequencies are in AM simplex.  Therefore you will need to be fairly near to the airport to hear much traffic.

The “tower” frequency is used for communications between the Erie control tower and airplane pilots.  The controller in the tower directs all aircraft in sight range, and also directs takeoffs and landings.  Small airports do not have a tower, but Erie is big enough to have one.

The “ground control” frequencies are used by the ground ATC controller to speak to airplanes that are already on the ground.  This includes directing planes on taxiways and ramps at the airport.

Approach/departure frequencies, listed as “ap/dep” in the frequency list, are used by aircraft as they are either taking off or landing.  The controller will guide aircraft away from the airport when taking off or into the runway when landing.  These frequencies can be extremely busy and hard to follow at larger airports.

The “clearance delivery” frequency is used when new flight routes need to be approved.  This likely will not be too interesting for you.

Unless you live very near to the airport, you will likely only hear one side of the conversation, the planes.  This is because they are at high altitudes, allowing their signal to travel greater distances.  Don’t be alarmed: any important traffic will be repeated by the aircraft for clarification.

Erie International Airport Frequencies

Freq (MHZ): usage

118.1: tower control ops

121.9: ground control ops

121.0: ap/dep (used during day)

124.775: ap/dep (used overnight)

126.8: KERI clearance delivery

AIRLINE FREQUENCIES

At many airports, individual airlines often have their own operating frequencies.  They are generally located between 128 and 132 MHZ.  There is a lot of variety to be heard here.  I personally do not listen here, so my information is limited.  Thanks to Tom for providing us with the below frequencies.

Individual Airline Frequencies at Erie Intl.  Airport

Freq (MHZ): usage

130.1: Piedmont (US Airways) and Pinnacle (Delta)

130.4: Commutair (United)

CLEVELAND AIR ROUTE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER (ARTCC)

Once planes have exited the small amount of airspace covered by the Erie airport tower or another airport in the area, they will transition to the control of the Cleveland ARTCC (air route traffic control center.) You can learn more about the Cleveland ARTCC and get frequency information by referencing the “Cleveland ARTCC” page under “Miscellaneous/Areawide Monitoring.”



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