Chapter 26. Alert Areas
Section 1. General
An alert area is airspace
wherein a high volume of pilot training or an
unusual type of aeronautical activity is
Alert areas are designated to
inform nonparticipating pilots of areas that
contain a high volume of pilot
training operations, or an unusual type of
aeronautical activity, that they might not
otherwise expect to encounter. Pilots are
advised to be particularly alert when flying in
Alert areas must not extend
into Class A, B, C, and D airspace, or Class E
airport surface areas. To the extent possible,
alert areas should avoid Federal airways, major
terminal areas, and high volume VFR routes. Once
an alert area is designated, the establishment
of Federal airways through such areas should be
kept to a minimum.
a. Only those
activities that do not pose a hazard to other
aircraft may be conducted in an alert area.
b. All alert area
activities must be conducted in accordance with
visual flight rules, and in compliance with
applicable Sections of 14 CFR.
c. Flight Service
Stations may broadcast information regarding
alert area activities as circumstances dictate.
Alert areas must be
identified by the letter “A" prefix followed by
a dash, a two or three digit number, a location,
and the two-letter state abbreviation (e.g.,
A-292, Pensacola, FL). A letter suffix is used
to indicate subdivisions. Identification numbers
are assigned by Airspace Regulations and ATC
Procedures Group. Aeronautical charts must be
annotated to reflect the type of activity
conducted in the alert area.