FAA's national airspace redesign (NAR) efforts are intended to enhance air traffic capacity, improve the flow of air traffic, and meet the growing demands for air travel. Airspace redesign efforts play a critical role in transitioning to more flexible air traffic routing and reducing flight delays.
Topics on this page
- Airspace Redesign Project Environmental Documentation
- Optimization of Airspace in the Metroplex (OAPM)
- Performance Based Navigation (PBN)
- Special Use Airspace (SUA)
- Navigation Procedures Project (NAVLEAN)
- Other Completed & Ongoing ATO Projects
Airspace Redesign Project Environmental Documentation
- Las Vegas Area Optimization of Airspace and Procedures (STAAV Procedure)
- Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport 2020 Improvements Environmental Assessment, January 2013
- New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Airspace Redesign
- FEIS Completed, 7/27/07
- Federal Register Notice, 08/03/07
- Record of Decision Issued, 09/05/07
- Includes LaGuardia, JFK, Philadelphia, Newark, and Teterboro airports (plus 16 additional)
- Four stages of implementation starting in December 2007 and completing about 2011
- Houston Area Air Traffic System (HAATS)
- The Houston Area Air Traffic System (HAATS) is a large-scale airspace redesign project that leverages Area Navigation (RNAV) procedures and capabilities. The Houston project was implemented in three separate phases to provide increased airspace efficiency, to support the extension of a runway 15R and accommodate a new runway 08L/26R. EA, FONSI/ROD signed March 2008
- SoCal, Las Vegas, Phoenix Western Corridor Airspace Redesign (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- EA planned for "Optimized" design alternative
- Metro Area Connectivity High Altitude Airspace Management; Environmental Challenges of Airspace Management (PDF, 1.5 MB)
- New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Airspace Redesign Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
Optimization of Airspace in the Metroplex (OAPM)
The goal of OAPM is to ensure that, as NextGen is developed, procedures and resources are in place to ensure safe, expeditious, and cost effective methods of moving aircraft (OAPM Environmental Website) .
- View OAPM video »
- Completed OAPM Project Environmental Review: Houston Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (Houston OAPM) Environmental Assessment
Performance Based Navigation (PBN)
PBN provides a basis for the design and implementation of automated flight paths as well as for airspace design and obstacle clearance. The two main components of PBN framework are Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP).
- Fact Sheet - NextGen Goal: Performance-Based Navigation
- PBN Update (presentation) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Completed Environmental Documentation:
Special Use Airspace (SUA)
ATO's Environmental Policy Team coordinates NEPA reviews for establishment of and changes to SUA as requested by other agencies that use SUA, like DoD. The team processes requests for FAA to act as a cooperating agency for NEPA reviews conducted by other agency users of SUA, and ensures FAA's compliance with NEPA for all actions involving SUA.
- Special Use Airspace & Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace
- FAA Order JO 7400.8U (February 16, 2012) - Special Use Airspace
Navigation Procedures Project (or NAVLEAN)
The NAVLEAN program expedites deployment of PBN procedures and includes recommendations for improving and streamlining the process of developing and implementing instrument flight procedures (IFP). ATO and Aviation Safety (AVS) sponsors directed the development of an implementation plan for NAVLEAN recommendations.
- NAV Lean Final Report (PDF, 1.3 MB)