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Issue # 2002 - 5

October 2002  ***SPECIAL***                                                                                             

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SEVERE WEATHER AVOIDANCE PROGRAM (SWAP) -

 ATLANTIC OFFSHORE CONTINGENCY ROUTES

/*TREF/ The FAA has established new contingency routes designed to allow deviations to the east when the SWAP is in effect on the East Coast.  These eight north-south routes are designated VACAPES SWAP (VS) routes, abbreviated as VS-1 through VS-8. 

The routes use global positioning system waypoints established on existing east-west Atlantic routes in the East Coast offshore areas.  Since the VS routes are coded routes used only for SWAP contingencies, the FAA does not intend to publish the routes on any charts that are for public use.  However, the waypoints are in the National Flight Data Digest database.

The Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) and east coast air route traffic control centers (ARTCC) will determine which route will be used during a severe weather event.

Figure 1 graphically depicts the routes. 

Background:

The East Coast SWAP addresses procedures for routing aircraft operations through the offshore warning area airspace, when the military mission permits, to avoid severe weather conditions.  Historically, the use of warning area airspace was limited by:

·         The lack of established offshore navigation points for use during SWAP deviations;

·         The manner of subdividing warning area airspace, which did not provide for the most efficient release of airspace to accommodate weather deviations.

The purpose of the SWAP Waypoints initiative is to increase efficiency during severe weather events, which relates to the National Airspace System Redesign mission.  The ultimate goal is to design procedures using new technology that would lead toward real-time use of special use airspace, without compromising the mission of the Department of Defense.  It has been a significant adjunct to the “Spring Severe Weather” initiatives, which have the full support of the FAA and the airline industry.

A letter of agreement to implement the SWAP routes and airspace release procedures has been executed between the Department of Defense and the FAA.  The involved air traffic facilities are Boston, New York, Washington, and Jacksonville ARTCCs, and the ATCSCC.

The VS routes, including the transitions to/from the airports served by these routes, follows.

VS-1 = ORF – DASHA – TAAPS – FATON – HTO
VS1 NORTHBOUND ARRIVALS TRANSITIONS:
VS1 TAAPS CCC ORW ORW2 BOS
VS1 HTO GREEN1 PVD
VS1 TAAPS CCC MAD MAD341 BRISS BDL
VS1 MAD193 KEYED (BDR, DXR, HPN, HVN)
VS1 CCC193 CCC ISP
VS1 FATON (PUT OR ACK) TO NORTH ATLANTIC ROUTES TRACKS
VS1 DASHA MANTA CAMRN (JFK or LGA)
VS1 DASHA MANTA CYN GXU RBV OWBE EWR

SOUTHBOUND TO JOIN VS1:
BDL CSTL2 CCC CCC193 VS1
BOS LUCOS SEY067 SEY HTO VS1
PVD PVD180 JUMPR HTO VS1
CAPE AND ISLANDS SEY HTO VS1
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS HTO VS1
(EWR, JFK, LGA) WAVEY EMJAY DASHA VS1

VS-2 = ORF – BAATT – CORME –VOGEL – THROP
VS2 NORTHB0UND ARRIVALS TRANSITIONS:
VS2 VOGEL CCC ORW ORW2 BOS
VS2 VOGEL HTO GREEN1 PVD
VS2 VOGEL CCC MAD MAD341 BRISS BDL
VS2 VOGEL RICED RICED2 (BDR DXR HPN HVN)
VS2 VOGEL SARDI CCC ISP
VS2 VOGEL (ACK OR PUT) TO NORTH ATLANTIC ROUTES TRACKS
VS2 CORNE PREPI MANTA CYN GXU RBV OWBE  (EWR)
VS2 CORNE PREPI MANTA CYN CAMRN (LGA)
VS2 CORNE PREPI MANTA CAMRN (JFK)

SOUTHBOUND TRANSITIONS TO JOIN VS2:
BDL CSTL2 CCC THROP VS2
PVD PVD180 JUMPR HTO THROP VS2
BOS LUCOS SEY067 SEY HTO THROP VS2
CAPE AND ISLANDS ACK SEY HTO THROP VS2
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS ACK THROP VS2
(EWR, JFK, LGA,) SHIPP THROP VS2

VS-3 = ORF – NAGGI – JETER – GREENE –GRAPT
VS3 NORTHBOUND ARRIVAL TRANSITIONS:
VS3 GEENE CCC ORW ORW2 BOS
VS3 GEENE HTO GREEN1 PVD
VS3 GEENE CCC MAD MAD341 BRISS BDL
VS3 GEENE RICED RICED2 (BDR,DXR,HPN,HVN)
VS3 GEENE SARDI CCC ISP
VS3 GEENE (PUT OR ACK) TO JOIN NAR TRACKS
VS3 JETER PREPI MANTA CYN GXU RBV OWBE  (EWR)
VS3 JETER PREPI MANTA CAMRN (LGA)
VS3 JETER PREPI MANTA CAMRN (JFK)

SOUTHBOUND TRANSITIONS TO JOIN VS3:
BDL CSTL2 CCC GRAPT VS3
PVD PVD180 JUMPR HTO GRAPT VS3
BOS LUCOS SEY067 SEY HTO GRAPT VS3
CAPE AND ISLANDS SEY HTO GRAPT VS3
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS ACK GRAPT VS3
(EWR, JFK, LGA) SHIPP GRAPT VS3

VS-4 = ORF – FUMES – WICKE –FONDE – FINIT
VS4 NORHTBOUND ARRIVAL TRANSITIONS:
VS4 FONDE ACK SCUPP BOS OR FONDE CCC ORW ORW2 BOS
VS4 FONDE HTO GREEN1 PVD
VS4 FONDE CCC MAD MAD341 BRISS BDL
VS4 FONDE RICED RICED2 (BDR, DXR, HPN, HVN)
VS4 FONDE SARDI CCC ISP
VS4 FONDE ACK TO NORTH ATLANTIC ROUTES TRACKS
VS4 WICKE FONDE OWENZ CYN GXU RBV OWBE  (EWR)
VS4 WICKE FONDE OWENZ CYN CAMRN (LGA)
VS4 WICKE FONDE OWENZ CAMRN (JFK)

SOUTHBOUND TRANSITIONS TO JOIN VS4:
BDL CSTL2 CCC FINIT VS4
BOS LUCOS SEY067 SEY HTO FINIT VS4
PVD PVD180 JUMPR HTO FINIT VS4
CAPE AND ISLANDS SEY HTO FINIT VS4
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS ACK FINIT VS4
(EWR, JFK, LGA,) SHIPP FINIT VS4

VS-5 = ORF – MEYRA – HARVY – ELCAM –SCOOR
VS5 NORTHBOUND ARRIVAL ROUTES:
VS5 ELCAM ACK SCUPP BOS OR CCC ORW ORW2 BOS
VS5 ELCAM HTO GREEN1 PVD
VS5 ELCAM CCC MAD MAD341 BRISS BDL
VS5 ELCAM RICED RICED2 (BDR, DXR, HPN, HVN)
VS5 ELCAM SARDI CCC ISP
VS5 ELCAM ACK TO NORTH ATLANTIC ROUTES TRACKS
VS5 HAPVY ELCAM OWENZ CYN GXU RBV OWBE  (EWR)
VS5 HAPVY ELCAM OWENZ CYN CAMRN (LGA)
VS5 HAPVY ELCAM OWENZ CAMRN (JFK)

SOUTHBOUND TO JOIN VS5:
BDL CSTL2 CCC SCOOR VS5
BOS LUCOS SEY067 SEY HTO SCOOR VS5
PVD PVD180 JUMPR HTO SCOOR VS5
CAPE AND ISLANDS SEY HTO SCOOR VS5
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS ACK SCOOR VS5
(EWR, JFK, LGA,) SHIPP SCOOR VS5

VS-6 = ORF – ETMEY – BOJAN –ABOME

VS6 NORTHBOUND ARRIVAL ROUTES:
VS6 ANNGO ACK SCUPP BOS
VS6 ANNGO HTO GREEN1 PVD
VS6 ANNGO CCC MAD MAD341 BRISS BDL
VS6 ANNGO RICED RICED2 (BDR, DXR, HPN, HVN)
VS6 ANNGO SARDI CCC ISP
VS6 ANNGO ACK TO NORTH ATLANTIC ROUTES TRACKS
VS6 ANNGO A300 OWENZ CYN GXU RBV OWBE  (EWR)
VS6 ANNGO A300 OWENZ CYN CAMRN (LGA)
VS6 ANNGO A300 OWENZ CAMRN (JFK)

SOUTHBOUND TO JOIN VS6:
BDL CSTL2 CCC ABOME VS6
BOS LUCOS ABOME VS6
PVD PVD180 JUMPR ABOME VS6
CAPE AND ISLANDS DIRECT TO ABOME VS6
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS ACK ABOME VS6
(EWR, JFK, LGA,) SHIPP ABOME VS6

VS-7 = ORF – DELPP – AGUNE –LINND
VS7 NORTHBOUND ARRIVAL ROUTES:
VS7 BERGH ACK SCUPP BOS
VS7 BERGH HTO GREEN1 PVD
VS7 BERGH CCC MAD MAD341 BRISS BDL
VS7 BERGH RICED RICED2 (BDR, DXR, HPN, HVN)
VS7 BERGH SARDI CCC ISP
VS7 BERGH ACK TO NORTH ATLANTIC ROUTES TRACKS
VS7 BERGH A300 OWENZ CYNGXU RBV OWBE  (EWR)
VS7 BERGH A300 OWENZ CYN CAMRN (LGA)
VS7 BERGH A300 OWENZ CAMRN (JFK)

SOUTHBOUND TO JOIN VS7:
BDL CSTL2 CCC LINDD VS7
BOS LUCOS LINDD VS7
PVD PVD180 JUMPR LINDD VS7
CAPE AND ISLANDS DIRECT TO LINDD VS7
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS ACK LINDD VS7
(EWR, JFK, LGA,) SHIPP LINND VS7

VS-8 = ORF –CUMBY –LYNUS
VS 8 NORHTBOUND ARRIVAL ROUTES:
VS8 LYNUS ACK TO NORTH ATLANTIC ROUTES TRACKS
VS8 LYNUS BERGH A300 OWENZ CYN GXU RBV OWBE (EWR)
VS8 LYNUS BERGH A300 OWENZ CAMRN (LGA)
VS8 LYNUS BERGH A300 OWENZ CAMRN (JFK)

SOUTHBOUND TO JOIN VS8:
INTERNATIONAL OVERFLIGHTS ACK LYNUS VS8
(EWR, JFK, LGA,) SHIPP LINND LYNUS VS8

 

ROUTES FOR VACAPES SEVERE WEATHER AVOIDANCE

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