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Designation AMS
Name Amsterdam
Position N52°20.0' E004°42.3' WGS84
Google MapsN52°20.0' E004°42.3' WGS84
Frequency 113.95 MHz (VOR), 1110+1046 MHz (DME)
Operational range 60 nm at FL250
Type VOR/DME
Geography In the middle of farmer's land, West of Amsterdam Schiphol. You can get there via the Vijfhuizerweg, near house number 583. This is directly next to the threshold of the new runway 36L (Polderbaan). We don't know whether this house will remain there; it would be a place only suitable to true aviation addicts.
You need to approach from the West via the IJweg, because the Vijfhuizerweg is interrupted by the runway from the other direction. The IJweg is closed from the North, for the same reason.
If you take off from Schiphol 36L or 36C, you can see AMS as a small circle of white dots just next to the threshold of the 36L to your left.
Procedures AMS is used for a few arrival and departure procedures only. The most important function of AMS is to define a climb-out corridor in Northern direction for aircraft taking off from runway 36L (Polderbaan) or 36C (Zwanenburgbaan). For all nighttime (23.00 till 07.00 hrs local time) DPs from 36L, AMS is used to follow a route avoiding the large built-up areas as much as possible. Aircraft intercept the AMS radial after completing an early left turn after takeoff which is done to avoid the village of Zwanenburg. During daytime, AMS is used in the 36L/C DPs to the BERGI and TEXEL intersections.
Remarks AMS does not have a long history: it has been active only a couple of years, initially beginning service somewhere at the centerline of runway 06. In January 1998, AMS was moved to its current place North of Hoofddorp.

Photo 1 Close-up of the VOR/DME. [...]
Photo 2 Wide view of the area. [...]
Photo 3 Intermediate view. [...]
Photo 4 Full-length shot of the new 36L runway. [...]
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Page updated 2008-12-28


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