Section 2. Ad Hoc Committee Procedures
for Class B and Class C Airspace Actions
ad hoc committee process was adopted in the 1980s in
response to criticism that local user needs and suggestions
were not being considered by the FAA during the initial
airspace design phase prior to the issuance of an NPRM.
14-2-2. POLICY AND PURPOSE
a. An ad hoc committee must be formed to give users the
opportunity to present input and recommendations to the FAA
regarding the proposed design of, or modifications to, Class
B and C airspace areas. The intent is to obtain suggestions
from affected users before a proposed airspace design is
developed by the FAA for publication in an NPRM.
b. The ad hoc committee process is not required for
proposals to revoke Class B or C airspace or change the
airspace designation from full-time to part-time or
part-time to fulltime.
14-2-3. COMMITTEE FORMATION
a. To initiate the formation of an ad hoc committee, the
service center must first submit a request to the Airspace
Regulations and ATC Procedures Group for approval to begin
the public involvement phase (See chapter 15 or 16). A copy
of the ATC facility's staff study must be included with the
b. Upon approval by the Airspace Regulations and ATC
Procedures Group, the service center begins the ad hoc
process by requesting an aviation-related group, such as the
concerned state government aviation department or another
aviation organization to coordinate the formation of an ad
hoc committee. Committee makeup and size should be
determined by the local situation or requirements. Committee
membership should represent a cross section of airspace
users and aviation organizations that would be affected by
the proposed airspace change.
c. Once formed, the group should elect a chairperson to
lead the committee's efforts.
14-2-4. FAA PARTICIPATION
a. FAA participation on the committee is limited to the
role of technical advisor or subject matter expert only. The
FAA is not a voting member of the group and is not
responsible for the operation of the committee or the
development of recommendations.
b. The service center, in collaboration with the
affected ATC facility and overlying ARTCC, will designate
FAA representative(s). The FAA representative(s) will
provide advice and assistance to the committee on technical
matters such as ATC procedures, operations, and safety
The number of FAA representatives designated to the
committee should be kept to the minimum number required to
avoid the appearance of FAA influence on the committee's
discussions and recommendations.
c. Upon request, the FAA may provide administrative
support to the committee, resources permitting.
14-2-5. COMMITTEE PROCESS
a. There is no set number of ad hoc committee meetings
required. The committee should meet as needed to develop its
recommendations to present to the FAA.
The ad hoc committee meetings should not be confused with
the separate, informal airspace meetings that are also
required for Class B and Class C airspace actions (see
chapter 2 of this order).
b. At the first ad hoc committee meeting, the FAA
1. Review the FAA's policy for establishing ad hoc
committees and the intended purpose of ad hoc committees.
2. Brief the committee on the purpose and need for the
proposed airspace action. A depiction of current/projected
traffic flows may be useful to illustrate what the issue is
and why an airspace change is needed.
c. The ad hoc committee should limit its focus and
efforts to addressing the specific airspace issue for which
it was established. The committee should not address other
airspace or procedural enhancement actions that do not
contribute to resolving the issue under consideration.
d. Upon completion of the
committee's work, the chairperson will ensure that a written
report is prepared, summarizing the committee's efforts and
documenting its recommendations for FAA consideration. The
report is submitted to the FAA service center.
e. The ad hoc committee must automatically be dissolved
upon submission of the committee's written report to the
14-2-6. FAA ACTION ON COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
a. The committee's recommendations must be considered
and, to the extent practicable, should be incorporated into
the proposed airspace design (i.e., if operationally
feasible, safety and/or efficiency would not be compromised,
and there is no conflict with regulations or ATC
b. A copy of the committee's report will be included
with the service center's recommendation to the Airspace
Regulations and ATC Procedures Group that the project
continue to the NPRM phase.