This section describes policies and guidelines for
conducting and evaluating route tests.
a. Route test - a process established for the
1. Assessing new routing concepts.
2. Exploring alternative routing possibilities.
3. Developing new routes to enhance system
efficiency and safety.
b. Route test will:
1. Last for a pre-determined length of time,
usually 90 days.
2. Include, but not be limited to, the following
(a) NRS waypoints.
(b) RNAV waypoints.
(d) Departure Procedures (DP).
(e) Standard Terminal Arrival Routes
Route tests must be conducted only after collaboration and coordination between the ATCSCC, affected
en route and terminal facilities, and stakeholders.
Route tests will include existing certified NAS
elements. The ATCSCC is the final approval
authority for all route tests.
a. The requesting facility must:
1. Ensure coordination is accomplished with all
affected FAA facilities and stakeholders.
2. Submit a formal letter, in memorandum
format, to the ATCSCC Procedures Office,
the regional MTO. The memorandum must include:
(a) Detailed summary of the route test being
requested and the anticipated results.
(b) List of affected FAA facilities and
stakeholders with which coordination has been
(c) Length of time for which the route test will
be in effect, not to exceed 180 days.
(d) Detailed summary of the possible impact
to the NAS, surrounding facilities, and stakeholders.
3. Perform an air traffic safety analysis in
accordance with FAA Order 1100.161, Air Traffic
4. After the above items have been completed
and the test approved, conduct the test as requested.
5. Determine if the route test timeframe is
adequate. A facility may be granted an extension of
up to 90 days with the approval of the ATCSCC.
Submit requests for extension through the MTO to
the ATCSCC Procedures Office, with supporting
documentation. Facilities requesting extensions
exceeding 180 days must review and comply with
FAA Order 1050.1, Policies and Procedures
Considering Environmental Impacts, to ensure
environmental studies are completed. Include the
studies with your request.
6. Within 30 days of completion of the test:
(a) Conduct a review and analysis with the
stakeholders and accept comments.
(b) Determine if the proposed route is viable
or if other alternatives should be explored.
(c) Document test results and prepare a
post-test report in accordance with Air Traffic Safety
Analysis and with FAA Order 1100.161, Air Traffic
7. If the route is determined to be beneficial,
initiate implementation and have the route published
in appropriate charts, databases, letters of agreement,
and any other appropriate FAA publications.
b. The ATCSCC must:
1. Review the route test memorandum and
approve the test or provide justification for
2. Review and approve requests for test
extensions or provide justification for disapproval.
3. Issue any necessary traffic management
4. Be the approving authority for any TMIs
requested in association with the route test.