Section 9. SUA Review Teams
a. A SUA Review Team is
one option available to the service area office
director for conducting the annual SUA review
detailed in paragraph
b. When this option is
selected, the SUA Review Team must:
1. Evaluate the need for,
or obtain additional information regarding a
specific SUA proposal; or
2. Develop recommendations
for the retention, modification, or revocation of
the SUA airspace based on actual utilization or a
change in user requirements.
c. A team established for
this type of review must be dissolved upon
completion of its overall conduct of the review.
21-9-2. TEAM COMPOSITION
Review teams must be composed of
at least two FAA members plus the regional military
representative. The team membership must be based on
the requirements and purpose of the review. Members
may be selected from the reviewing region/service
area office, another service area office, concerned
ATC facilities, or other FAA Headquarters (e.g.,
Strategic Operations Security or Safety
Evaluations representative), regional, orfield
offices, as required (e.g., Flight Standards or FPT).
a. When the service area
office director determines that there is a need for
a team to review a SUA, the service area office
director must designate a team chairperson who will
be responsible for the overall conduct of the
b. The team chairperson
1. Prepare an agenda and
pre-brief team members on the purpose and procedures
for the review.
2. Begin coordination
sufficiently in advance to provide local officials
with adequate time to prepare the required
3. Coordinate visits to
military SUA sites through the appropriate regional
4. Determine if an
informal airspace meeting should be held to allow
users and other interested parties an opportunity to
present comments and offer recommendations. If a
meeting is planned, follow the informal airspace
meeting procedures in
of this order.
c. The team must examine:
1. The actual hours,
altitudes, and geographical area used, the types of
activities conducted, and the impact on other users.
2. Review the
effectiveness of procedures for real-time, joint-use
of the airspace, and identify problem areas or
3. Draft recommendations
to resolve problems, improve the efficient use of
airspace, and/or enhance the service to the using
21-9-4. TEAM REPORT
a. A report must be
prepared to document the results of the review. The
report contents should include at a minimum:
1. Copies of notification
2. A team member list.
3. An Executive Summary.
4. A description and chart
of the SUA reviewed.
5. Team Observations and
6. An informal airspace
meeting summary and copies of written comments
submitted at the meeting (if applicable).
7. Supporting documents or
source information (if applicable).
(a) SUA utilization data.
(b) Letters of Agreement.
(c) Other pertinent
b. Within 60 days after
completion of the review, the report must be
forwarded through the service area office director
to the regional military representative, or
responsible official for nonmilitary SUA. A copy of
the report must be sent to Airspace Regulations and
ATC Procedures Group and concerned ATC facilities.
21-9-5. FOLLOW UP ACTION
a. The regional military
representative, or responsible official for
non-military SUA, should respond to the report in
writing within 60 days of receipt. If the user
concurs with the team's observations and
recommendations, the service area office must
coordinate with the user representative to initiate
any required airspace action or other
b. If the user does not
agree with the stipulated recommendations, the
service area office must coordinate with the
appropriate representative to resolve any issue(s).
If agreement cannot be reached, the service area
office must forward its recommendation, along with
an explanation of the user's position, to Airspace
Regulations and ATC Procedures Group for
further action. A copy of the region's/service area
office's recommendation must be provided to the
appropriate user representative.
c. The service area office
will monitor the status of open items until all
required actions have been addressed.