U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

ORDER
JO 7400.2J
Effective Date:
February 9, 2012
 
     

Subject:  Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters
Includes:  Change 3 effective 8/22/13, Change 2 effective 3/7/13, Change 1 effective 7/26/12 and  Errata effective 2/9/12.

 

Section 6. Informal Airspace Meeting

2-6-1. PURPOSE

This section prescribes the procedures to be followed for all notices of informal airspace meetings held in advance of rulemaking/nonrulemaking airspace actions.

2-6-2. POLICY

a. It is the policy of the FAA to hold, if at all practicable, informal airspace meetings to inform the affected users of planned airspace changes. The purpose of these meetings is to gather facts and information relevant to the planned rulemaking or nonrulemaking action being studied.

b. Notwithstanding paragraph 2-6-2.a. informal airspace meetings must be held for any planned changes to Class B and Class C airspace areas prior to issuing an NPRM.

2-6-3. CLASS B AND C AIRSPACE AREAS NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES

a. The regional/service area office must submit a draft notice of informal airspace meetings to Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group for processing and publication in the Federal Register. The notice must describe the proposal in sufficient detail, including charts, if necessary, to enable interested persons to prepare comments prior to the meeting. The notice must identify the name and address of the office where additional information can be obtained.

b. Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group will process and submit the notice for publication in the Federal Register. For Class B airspace areas, the notice must be published a maximum of 90 days, and a minimum of 60 days in advance of the meeting.

c. For Class C airspace areas, the notice must be published a maximum of 60 days, and a minimum of 30 days in advance.

d. In addition to the above, notices of informal airspace meetings must be sent to all known licensed pilots, state aviation agencies, airport managers/operators, and operators of parachute, sailplane, ultralight, and balloon clubs within a 100-mile radius of the primary airport for Class B airspace actions; and within a 50-mile radius of the primary airport for Class C airspace actions.

e. Distribution of these notices may be accomplished through the facilities of the Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760. The regional office should coordinate this distribution with the regional Aviation Safety Program Manager. It should be noted that AFS-760 needs a lead-time of 16 days from the receipt of material until mailing. Sufficient lead-time must be provided to allow processing and distribution in time to meet the above minimum advance notice requirements (e.g., 60/30 days).

f. When known or anticipated controversy warrants, the above procedures may also be used for informal airspace meeting notices concerning obstruction evaluation, airport airspace analysis, special use airspace, and the commissioning/decommissioning of navigational aids.

2-6-4. OTHER AIRSPACE ACTIONS

a. Every effort must be made to notify all aviation organizations and/or persons that may be affected by, or interested in, the planned action. The meeting notice must explain that the purpose of the meeting is to solicit aeronautical comments on the proposal's effect on the planned action.

b. The notice must describe the planned action in sufficient detail, including charts if necessary, to enable interested persons to prepare comments prior to the meeting. Notice of the meeting should be distributed at least 30 days prior to the meeting date.

c. Regional/service area offices are also encouraged to make use of electronic media, local newspapers, radio, and television to supplement the dissemination of notices and information.

2-6-5. LOCATION

Informal airspace meetings should be held at times and locations that are most conducive for gathering facts relative to the planned or proposed action under study. The chairperson must represent the Regional Administrator. Each informal airspace meeting should be numbered consecutively and dated (e.g., “Meeting No. 50, February 15, 2000").

2-6-6. AGENDA ITEMS

Agenda items may be included in the notice of informal airspace meeting or distributed separately. Agendas may also include airspace matters of a rulemaking and/or nonrulemaking nature. When not included in the notice of informal airspace meeting, they should be distributed at least 15 days before the meeting. Agendas involving Class B airspace proposals, must be distributed at least 30 days prior to the meeting. Items concerning aeronautical studies not on the agenda should not be discussed except when the chairperson considers them appropriate.

2-6-7. RECORD OF MEETINGS

a. Official transcripts or minutes of informal airspace meetings must not be taken or prepared. However, the chairperson must prepare a memorandum for each of the discussed aeronautical study files listing attendees and a digest of the discussions held.

b. Written statements received from attendees during and after the informal airspace meeting must also be included in the study files.

c. Forward one copy of the memorandum to Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.

 

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