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 4. Processing of Airport Proposals By Operations Support Group Flight Procedures Teams

11-4-1. EFFECT ON INSTRUMENT PROCEDURES

a. The appropriate FPT must determine the feasibility of instrument approach procedures, ensure that required instrument procedures are formulated, flight inspected, and published to coincide with the appropriate aeronautical charting date.

b. The appropriate FPT must review proposals to determine any impact to existing and proposed instrument approach procedures. When the proposed airport underlies an existing or proposed instrument approach procedure the FPT will notify the appropriate air traffic office.

11-4-2. CHANGE OF AIRPORT STATUS FROM VFR TO IFR

a. Establishment of Instrument Procedures. Requests for instrument approach procedures must be forwarded to the appropriate FPT. The FPT must effect coordination with the appropriate air traffic, Airports, and technical operations services offices, as well as other offices of interest. The request for instrument approach procedures should normally be disapproved if the change in the airport status study indicates a safety problem.

b. Establishment of NAVAID. When an airport status is to be changed from VFR to IFR, notify the public by means of the nonrulemaking circular associated with the establishment of the NAVAID being installed to support the procedure.

c. Existing NAVAID. If the flight procedure is to be based upon an existing NAVAID, the public notification may be accomplished in the NPRM associated with changes to controlled airspace. If no change in airspace is required, it is recommended that the public be notified through the non-rulemaking circularization process.

d. No NAVAID Required. Public notification will be accomplished with the rulemaking action for controlled airspace.

11-4-3. EVALUATION OF INSTRUMENT RUNWAY DESIGNATIONS

The appropriate FPT must evaluate the runway or runways to be used in the proposed instrument procedure. Consideration should be given to airport data, expected users, conflicts with IFR traffic, location of existing and proposed NAVAIDs, availability of weather information, and probable minimums.

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