Design of a near contact air bearing interface such as that created by a recording head slider and data storage disk requires consideration of a lubrication equation that is appropriate for high Knudsen number flows. The Poiseuille flow database reported by Fukui and Kaneko, 1990 [“A Database for Interpolation of Poiseuille Flow Rates for High Knudsen Number Lubrication Problems,” ASME J. Tribol., 112, pp. 78–83] is appropriate over a wide range of Knudsen numbers and is used throughout the data storage industry for analysis of the low flying recording head slider air bearing. However, at such low clearances, the topography of the air bearing surfaces also comes into question, making it important to consider both rarefaction and surface roughness effects in the air bearing design. In order to simplify the air bearing analysis of rough surfaces, averaging techniques for the lubrication equation have been developed for situations where the number of roughness elements (or waves) is either much greater or much less than the gas bearing number. Between these two extremes there are currently no roughness averaging methods available. Although some analytical and numerical studies have been reported for continuum and first-order slip conditions with simple geometries, little or no results have appeared that include both surface roughness and high Knudsen number flows outside the limited ranges where surface averaging techniques are used. In order to better understand the influence of transverse surface roughness over a wide range of Knudsen numbers and the relationship of key parameters involved, this paper describes a primarily analytical air bearing study of a wide, rough surface slider bearing using the Poiseuille flow database reported by Fukui and Kaneko. The work is focused outside the limited ranges where current surface averaging methods for the lubrication equation are expected to be valid.