Flying into VBT? Here are some tips to make your experience with us more enjoyable.
Flying in the Vicinity of VBT
Pilots are urged to listen for traffic and make position reports on the CTAF (122.8) when operating within 10 miles of the field. The Bentonville Airport can often become saturated with flight training and other transient aircraft, often a combination of light piston aircraft and faster turboprop and jet aircraft. Good communication is key to streamlined operations!
Use caution when operating West of VBT to avoid inadvertently entering the XNA Class C airspace starting at the surface. The Bentonville Airport is bordered by the XNA Class C airspace and the ROG and ASG Class D airspaces. Pilots are urged to use all available resources to maintain situational awareness and avoid entering controlled airspace without the proper equipment and clearances.
It is highly advised to obtain VFR Flight Following prior to arriving into or departing from VBT. Contact Razorback Approach on 126.6 in the air, or contact Razorback Clearance on the ground on 121.05. Traffic advisories from ATC are always a good thing to have!
Aircraft parking at the Fieldhouse
The Fieldhouse has a unique circular ramp. Parking spots with rope tiedowns are located around the outer edge of the circle. When entering the ramp, please follow the painted arrows clockwise around the circle, then park in or in front of the parking spot designated by one of our line crew.
Please note that the ramp is sloped in some areas. Your aircraft may begin to roll downhill if left unchocked with the brakes off. Please wait for a line crewmember to chock your aircraft before exiting your aircraft, or use your parking brake if a crewmember is unavailable.
As always, we do not charge ramp fees. Overnight parking is available on both the East and West ramps. Limited overnight hangar space may be available upon request.
Self-serve fuel, additional tie down spots, and maintenance facilities are located on the East ramp.
When departing, please do not perform runups in parking spots. We would greatly like to avoid disturbing other aircraft, the restaurant, outdoor seating areas, and parking lots with prop blast. We recommend performing runups when holding short of the runway on Taxiway A, pointing the tail of your aircraft away from any areas that may be disturbed by prop blast.
Grass Strip Operations
VBT has a grass strip designated Runway 17/35, parallel to Runway 18/36 on the West side. Because of this unique arrangement, here are some tips to make operations on the grass strip as smooth as possible.
The grass strip and the paved runway are treated as if they are a single runway. Basically, if an aircraft is operating on the grass strip then the paved runway must remain clear, and vice-versa. A single aircraft may operate on either 17/35 or 18/36, but aircraft may not operate on both runways simultaneously.
The grass strip can be accessed from both the East and West ramps. There are three turf taxiways on the West side connecting to Taxiway A and 1 taxiway on the East side connecting to Runway 18/36. The East taxiway is meant to allow access to 17/35 from the East ramp without requiring aircraft to back-taxi to the West side.
The 17/35 hold short markings are different from the 18/36 hold short markings. Please see the diagrams below. If an aircraft is using the grass strip, other aircraft should avoid taxiing in the red shaded areas.
Suggested VFR Arrival Procedures
Runway 18 in use:
Arriving from 001° to 180°: Follow I-49, remaining outside of ROG Class D airspace. Enter left downwind for Runway 18 on a 45-degree angle.
Arriving from 181° to 360°: Cross midfield to enter left downwind for Runway 18
Runway 36 in use:
note: Keep your downwind and base legs within 1 NM of the field to avoid entering XNA Class C airspace.
Arriving from 001° to 180°: Cross midfield to enter left downwind for Runway 36.
Arriving from 181° to 360°: Use caution to avoid entering XNA Class C airspace. Enter left downwind for Runway 36 on a 45-degree angle.
IFR Operations at VBT
To receive an IFR clearance or close an IFR flight plan on the ground, contact Razorback Clearance on 121.05. Please be sure to call for your clearance BEFORE entering the runway, as ATC may not be able to release you for departure immediately. With other IFR traffic in the vicinity, expect “hold for release” as part of your clearance.
After landing, contact Razorback Clearance on 121.05 as soon as practicable to cancel your flight plan. Alternatively, pilots are asked to cancel IFR in the air if landing in VMC. Other IFR aircraft operating at VBT may have to wait on you before they can be released for departure or cleared for an approach, so please be courteous to one another!