U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

ORDER
JO 7400.2J
Effective Date:
February 9, 2012
 
     

Subject:  Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters
Includes:  Change 3 effective 8/22/13, Change 2 effective 3/7/13, Change 1 effective 7/26/12 and  Errata effective 2/9/12.

 

Section 2. Processing

23-2-1. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Submit restricted area proposals to the service area office at least 10 months prior to the desired effective date. The following schedule is an estimate of the minimum time needed to process proposals that require only routine coordination.

NOTE-
Proposals that are complex, controversial, or require extensive environmental analysis could need up to 24 months or more additional processing time beyond that shown in TBL 23-2-1.

TBL 23-2-1
 

Calendar Days

Action

D

Proposal received by FAA regional/service area office.

D+30

Proposal reviewed by region/service area office; aeronautical study initiated. Proposal sent to Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group to begin Rulemaking Process.

D+95

Proposal reviewed by Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.

D+105

NPRM published in Federal Register; Public comments directed to appropriate region.

D+150

Public comment period ends.

D+180

Comments reviewed by the region/service area office, and recommendations sent to Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.

D+240

Headquarters review of proposal, comments, and regional/service area office recommendations. Final determination; Rule prepared and submitted to Federal Register.

D+250

Rule published in Federal Register (at least 30 days prior to effective date).

D+250-306

Within this time frame; AeroNav cutoff date, and Rule effective date.

23-2-2. TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA PROPOSALS

a. Temporary restricted areas are subject to the same rulemaking processing (e.g., NPRM and final rule) and environmental analysis requirements as permanent areas. However, since temporary restricted area effective dates are determined by the exercise or mission requirements rather than the standard 56-day en route chart cycle, a shorter overall processing time is the norm.

b. The FAA will attempt to accommodate changes in temporary restricted area requirements. Nonetheless, exercise planners should be aware that the Administrative Procedure Act requires public notice of the proposal and publication of the final rule at least 30 days before the airspace effective date. Moreover, these requirements may not permit late changes to the airspace proposed in the NPRM without causing a delay in the planned exercise start date. Significant changes to the proposal after the NPRM is published could necessitate an additional public comment period, further study of the aeronautical impact, and/or supplemental environmental analysis. Therefore, early planning, careful ground site selection, and close coordination between concerned parties throughout the entire planning process are essential. In selecting the ground site, specific attention must be given to the impact of the proposed temporary restricted area on existing aeronautical operations near the site. In any case, no change should be made within 45 days of the exercise start date unless:

1. It is absolutely essential to the safety and successful conduct of the exercise; or

2. To reduce the amount of airspace to be restricted.

NOTE-
For processing times, see TBL 23-2-2. See FAAO JO 7610.4, chapter 2, Exercise Planning, for additional details.

TBL 23-2-2
 

Calendar Days

Action

D

Proposal received by FAA regional/service area office.

D+30

Proposal reviewed by region/service area office and submitted to Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group; aeronautical study initiated as required.

D+95

Proposal received by Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group, AeroNav coordination; NPRM sent to Federal Register. Comments directed to appropriate regional/service area office.

D+105

NPRM published in Federal Register.

D+150

Public comment period ends.

D+180

Comments reviewed by region/service area office; recommendation sent to Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group.

D+240

Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group review of proposal, comments, and regional/service area office recommendation. Final determination. Rule prepared and sent to Federal Register. Graphic Notice sent to NOTAM Publication.

D+250

Rule published in Federal Register (at least 30 days prior to effective date).

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