Is there an official FAA document with which I can find an airport by its identifier code if I do not have a name or location? In the Chart Supplement I can find the airport if I know the city and state. However, I can’t seem to find any sort of reverse lookup document that lets me find it by code only.

I know I can search on SkyVector/ForeFlight/etc. but I am specifically asking if there is a government published “index document” for this.


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The FAA JO 7350.9L - Location Identifiers contains complete lists under decode subsections organized alphabetically. Example:

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    $\begingroup$ Lol I looked for this for a while by very specific googling and didn’t find it. How’d you find that? $\endgroup$
    – Pugz
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 7:32
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    $\begingroup$ @Pugz: Sorry I don't recall, as I found it 3 months ago and added it to this answer. So I simply looked for that answer :D $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 7:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Pugz - You can search the FAA documents for "location identifiers" and that document page will be a result. $\endgroup$
    – BruceWayne
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 23:06

Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File

This database, commonly just called "DAFIF", is maintained by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Unfortunately, updates to this database are no longer published to public domain as of 2006. If you are not an authorized user, you can still use pre-2006 data from sources around the internet, which will likely be good enough for what you need. Look around for "DAFIF cycle 0610". The database contains ARPT.TXT, a tab-separated text file with metadata for both large and small airports around the world, including various types of identifiers (ICAO, FAA-ID, Name, Lat/Lon, etc).



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