Section 3. Class B Airspace Processing
a. The Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group
Manager is responsible for oversight of the Class B airspace
designation/modification process. All NPRMs and final rules
must be issued by Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures
Group. Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group will
provide assistance, as needed, to the regions/service area
offices in developing Class B airspace actions.
b. The service area office is responsible for
coordination to determine Class B airspace candidacy, or the
need for modifications to an existing area. As part of this
responsibility, the service area office must perform an
analysis of the Class B airspace candidate and document the
analysis in a staff study. Preparation of the staff study
may be delegated to the facility.
15-3-2. STAFF STUDY
staff study must be in the format detailed in FAAO 1800.2,
Evaluations, Appraisals, and Staff Studies. At a minimum,
the staff study must include the following:
a. A written description and the graphic depiction of
the proposed area.
b. Graphic depiction(s) and analysis of the following:
1. Existing routes with associated altitudes that VFR
traffic use while operating en route through the area or
transitioning to all affected airports (charted VFR
2. Proposed VFR Flyways, with associated altitudes that
would be charted to accommodate VFR aircraft desiring to
transit the Class B airspace area (see FAAO 7210.3, chapter
11, National Programs).
3. A redundant boundary description including VOR/DME
and latitude and longitude points outlining the proposed
Class B area. In addition, where possible, include
4. Routes with associated altitudes that IFR traffic use
to conduct en route operations through the area being
5. IFR departure and arrival traffic flows, including
SIAPs, instrument departure procedures, STARs, and
preferential arrival and departure routes associated with
each runway configuration.
c. A narrative discussion and rationale of the
1. Number of aircraft based and types of operations
conducted at affected airports.
2. Numbers of VFR operations that receive ATC service,
that are denied service, and that circumnavigate the present
terminal airspace configuration. Include any anticipated
increase or decrease in these numbers if a Class B airspace
configuration is modified or so designated.
3. Average delay in minutes now experienced by VFR
operations in obtaining ATC services, and any anticipated
increase or decrease in this number.
4. The facility's ability to provide ATC service to IFR
and VFR traffic within the boundaries of its delegated
d. Analyses of staffing options, and issues, such as:
1. Current staffing status and the anticipated staffing
requirements for implementing the Class B airspace.
2. Major proposals/comments submitted by user groups and
an analysis and/or disposition of each.
3. Impact on air traffic and air navigation facilities
including new or modified control positions required, if
any, and new or relocation of
navigational aids/communication equipment.
e. Environmental considerations.
f. Conclusions. Include a discussion on how the proposed
establishment or modification will enhance safety and the
efficiency of airspace management.
15-3-3. AIRSPACE USERS COORDINATION
a. Pre-NPRM. The service area office must ensure that
user input is sought and considered prior to formulating any
planned Class B airspace area design.
1. An ad hoc advisory committee,
composed of representatives of local airspace users, must be
formed to present input or recommendations to the FAA
regarding the proposed design of the Class B airspace area.
The service area office should provide advice and assistance
on technical matters to the committee as needed.
2. Informal airspace meeting(s) must be conducted in
accordance with Chapter
2 of this order.
3. Based on the results of the region's analysis and the
staff study, the service area office must determine whether
the effort should be continued to NPRM or terminated. The
service area office will forward the proposal, all pertinent
documentation (including advisory committee and informal
airspace meeting input), and the region's/service area
office's recommendations, to Airspace Regulations and ATC
Procedures Group for further action. If it is determined to
proceed with the rulemaking process, Airspace Regulations
and ATC Procedures Group will prepare the NPRM.
b. Post-NPRM. The service area office must:
1. Review all comments received in response to the NPRM
and informal airspace meeting(s).
2. Coordinate with the concerned facility to address all
substantive aeronautical comments.
3. Forward a discussion of how each substantive comment
was addressed, along with the region's/service area office's
recommendation for final action on the proposal, to Airspace
Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.