Section 3. Class C Airspace Processing
a. The Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group
Manager is responsible for oversight of the Class C 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 C airspace actions.
b. The service area office is responsible for
coordination to determine Class C 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 C airspace candidate and document the
analysis in a staff study. Preparation of the staff study
may be delegated to the facility.
16-3-2. 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. Traffic volume, density, and breakdown by category.
b. Geographical features, adjacent airspace, and ATC
c. A description of the terminal area including:
1. VFR traffic flow into, out of, and through the area.
2. IFR traffic flow in the affected en route structure
including transition routes.
3. IFR traffic flow in conjunction with runway
configuration, SIAPs, instrument departure procedures, STARs,
and preferential arrival and departure routes.
4. The names and locations of satellite airports and a
breakdown of air traffic at each, by category.
5. A general description of air traffic operations in
d. A complete analysis of:
1. Major proposals submitted by users.
2. Near midair collision assessment.
3. The advantages and disadvantages of Class C airspace
4. Any budgetary impact on air traffic control and air
navigation facilities, e.g., new or modified control
positions, new or modified communications equipment, the
capability of the facility to provide Class C services to
the extent possible at minimum cost, and installation of new
or relocation of existing navigational aids.
5. An assessment of the economic impact on users.
e. A statement regarding the actions taken to comply
with paragraph 6-1-2.
f. The conclusions reached based on the analysis of the
options and issues. The need to enhance safety must be the
main factor in evaluating the options and issues.
16-3-3. 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 C 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 C 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
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.