This section describes the requirements for SUA
proposals submitted to the FAA. SUA proposals must be
based on a specific airspace requirement. The need for
the proposed airspace must be definitive and sufficient
grounds must be provided to justify any resultant
imposition on nonparticipating aircraft and/or to afford
priority to the SUA user. Before proposing the
establishment of new SUA, proponents must consider the
use of existing SUA, or the modification of an existing
area, to conduct their mission.
21-3-2. CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
Do not include classified information in the proposal
package. If any information required by this section is
classified, the regional military representative should
contact the service area office to discuss the handling
of that information.
SUA proposal packages must contain the following
information, as applicable:
a. Proponent's Transmittal Letter. Summarize the
proposal and provide a point of contact for further
b. Area Description. Using the guidelines in
Section 1 and
Section 2 of
this chapter, describe the proposed area as follows:
1. Title. State type of area (restricted area,
warning area, etc.). For MOA proposals, include proposed
name of the MOA.
2. Boundaries. A description of the proposed
area's perimeter and any subdivisions (see paragraph 21-2-2).
All geographic coordinates must be based on the current
North American Datum (see paragraph
3. Altitudes. State the floor and ceiling of the
proposed area (see paragraph
4. Times of use. State the times of use to be
published for the area as determined in paragraph
an estimate of the expected area usage in number of
hours per day and days per year. In cases where the unit
plans to use the airspace during different blocks of
time each day, but actual clock times may vary within
the charted “times of use," describe those planned
operations to provide as accurate a picture as possible
of the projected daily use of the airspace.
5. Controlling agency. State the FAA or military
ATC facility to be assigned as controlling agency for
the proposed SUA.
A controlling agency is not designated for prohibited
areas, alert areas, or controlled firing areas.
6. Using agency. State the organization to be
designated as using agency for the airspace. Specify
military service, unit or organization, and location.
For non-military using agencies, specify the
organization name and location.
c. Airspace Statement of Need and Justification.
1. Describe the purpose and need for the proposed
airspace. Sufficient justification must be provided to
support approval of the airspace. Additionally, any
known or anticipated aeronautical impact on other
airspace users must be addressed, including measures
proposed, if any, to lessen the impact.
(a) For new SUA areas, explain why the
requirement cannot be met by using existing SUA or by
modifying an existing area. List SUA areas within a
reasonable distance that were considered and explain why
each area is not acceptable.
(b) For proposals to increase the dimensions or
times of use of an existing area, explain the need for
2. State whether the area will be available for
joint use. Provide justification for non-joint use
d. Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace (ATCAA).
State whether or not an ATCAA will be requested to
support the proposed SUA. If yes, describe ATCAA
dimensions and times of use.
ATCAA information is requested in the proposal solely to
assist the FAA in evaluating the overall aeronautical
impact of the SUA proposal. Requests to establish an
ATCAA are coordinated directly with the ATC facility
having jurisdiction over the airspace and are handled
separately from the SUA proposal process.
e. Activities. List all
activities to be conducted in the proposed SUA. Include
the following information:
1. For areas that will contain aircraft
(a) The number and types of aircraft that will
normally use the area.
(b) A listing of the specific activities and the
maximum altitudes required for each type of activity
(c) State whether supersonic flight will be
(d) A chart depicting the location and the
representative pattern of firing and/or ordnance
delivery runs and weapons impact areas (if applicable).
2. For areas to contain surface-to-surface or
surface-to-air weapons firing:
(a) Type weapon(s) to be fired.
(b) Maximum altitude required for each weapon
(c) A chart of the proposed area depicting firing
points, impact areas, firing fans and safety buffers for
each type weapon used.
f. Environmental and land use information.
1. Furnish the name, organization, and mailing
address of the person to whom comments on environmental
and land use aspects of the proposal may be sent.
2. Proposals to establish SUA with a floor below
1200 feet AGL where there is underlying private or
public use land, must include a statement that the
proponent agrees to provide reasonable and timely aerial
access to such land. Where applicable, describe
provisions to be used to accommodate such access.
3. Proposals to designate the surface as the
floor of a prohibited or restricted area must include a
statement explaining how the proponent will exercise
control of the underlying surface (i.e., by ownership,
lease, or agreement with the property owner). Do not
submit a copy of the deed, lease, or control agreement.
Restricted areas that were designated with the surface
as the floor prior to December 1, 1967, are exempt from
the “own, lease, or control" requirement. The exemption
status remains valid until amendment actions are taken
which would expand the dimensions or times of use, or
change the designated purpose of the area.
g. Communications and Radar.
1. If known, state whether radar and/or radio
communications will be used to monitor the airspace.
Identify the facility or agency that will provide radio
and/or radar monitoring, e.g., range control, military
radar unit (MRU), airborne radar unit (ARU), Fleet Area
Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC).
2. If a military ATC facility will be designated
as the controlling agency for the airspace, indicate
whether area status information and traffic advisories
will be provided to nonparticipating pilots. If
applicable, provide a VHF frequency to be depicted on
h. Safety Considerations. Include an
explanation of the following items, if applicable:
1. Measures taken to ensure containment of the
activity within the proposed area.
2. Procedures for handling malfunctions.
3. Ordnance trajectory envelopes.
4. When an aircraft activity could measurably
affect the safety of persons or property on the surface,
the proponent must demonstrate that provisions have been
made for their protection.
i. Coordination Summary. List ATC facilities,
military units, and/or other organizations contacted in
developing the proposal.
j. Area Chart. Submit an original sectional
aeronautical chart depicting the boundaries of the
proposed area and any subdivisions.
k. Environmental Documents. Unless provided
separately, submit applicable environmental documents.
If the environmental analysis is incomplete, indicate
the status and estimated completion date.
l. Graphic Notice Information. For temporary MOA
or temporary restricted area proposals, include the
graphic notice information required by paragraph 21-1-15,
m. Other. Include any other
information that should be considered by the FAA in
making its determination on the proposal.
a. For certain SUA proposals, it is not necessary
to include in the proposal package all of the items
specified in paragraph 21-3-3,
above. Proponents should consult with the service area
office to determine if an abbreviated proposal may be
submitted. Abbreviated proposals may be considered for:
1. Amendments of existing SUA to:
(a) Change the controlling or using agency.
(b) Reduce the dimensions or times of use.
(c) Subdivide or revoke the airspace.
(d) Make minor editorial corrections to the legal
2. Recurring proposals for temporary airspace
(e.g., annual exercises such as Quick Force, Pecos
Thunder, etc.) provided the location is the same and
activities are similar to previous exercises.
3. Renewal of an existing CFA.
b. The service area office may specify the
contents of the abbreviated proposal. Suggested items
include, as applicable:
1. The type, purpose, and reason(s) for the
2. The specific changes to be made in the area's
3. For recurring temporary MOAs or CFAs, written
confirmation that the activities, times, altitudes,
safety precautions, etc., are to be the same as for a
previously approved area.
4. The proposed effective date.
5. A summary of proposal coordination
6. Environmental documentation, or written
re-evaluation/updates of environmental documents used to
support a previous temporary MOA.
7. For proposals to revoke SUA provide the reason
for the action and requested effective date.