Air Traffic Control Information


  • Remember to turn your radio volume up before you call for taxi and never turn it down while operating within the Class Delta airspace or on the movement areas.
  • Know what you need to say before you key your mic. In your initial call, tell the tower/ground the following information:

1. Who you are
2. Where you are
3. The ATIS code
4. What you want to do

  • Listen to the frequency before you transmit. If you hear tower/ground issue instructions to another aircraft wait for that aircraft to respond before you call unless you have an emergency or imminent situation that requires immediate attention.
  • The tower is required to get a read back of all runway assignments, clearances and hold short instructions. Your read back is NOT complete without your call sign.
  • At times BLI tower is operating with a single controller - Be patient.  The controller may need to set priorities but will respond to you in time.
  • After initial call up you may drop your full call sign and just say your type and the last 3 digits. This reduces frequency congestion.
  • Inform ATC if unable to comply with an instruction issued. The controllers will plan other actions around your ability to comply with an instruction.
  • Inform ATC if you do not understand a control instruction. We have no problem rephrasing instructions and talking it out until we are all on the same page.
  • If you want other than a landing clearance let the tower know. A clearance to land is not a clearance to do a touch and go, etc., separation standards change depending on the type of operation.
  • When exiting the runway continue forward until your entire aircraft is past the hold line.
  • "Roger" lets the tower know that you heard them. Use "Affirmative" and "Negative" to answer yes and no.

Have a safe and enjoyable flight.

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The goal of the BLI tower team is to provide each pilot a safe flying environment and deliver great customer service. These tower tips are provided to help us work together to meet that goal.

Please feel free to call me at 360-734-2745 or email me, the tower manager. I welcome your input so we can continue to improve our services. I invite you to complete a quick survey to give your views of the service provided you by BLI tower.

Mathew Janssen
Bellingham Tower Air Traffic Manager


  • Air Traffic Control Tower Hours of Operation 0700-2230 Local 
  • CTAF/Tower 124.9
  • Ground Control 127.40
  • ATIS 134.45
  • Pilot Controlled Lighting 124.9
  • After Hours 2230-0700 Local
  • CTAF 124.9
  • UNICOM 131.3
  • ASOS 134.45 360-671-8688
  • Clearance Delivery Victoria Terminal 132.7
  • Seattle FSS 800-WX-Brief