U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
Air Traffic Organization Policy

ORDER
JO 7210.3X
Effective Date:
February 9, 2012
 
     
Subject:  Facility Operation and Administration
       Includes:  Errata effective 2/9/12, Change 1 effective 7/26/12, Change 2 effective 3/7/13, and Change 3 effective 8/22/13
 

Section 4. Application

4-4-1. OPERATIONS UNDER EXEMPTIONS FROM SECTION 3 OF APPENDIX D TO PART 91 SURFACE AREAS OF CLASS B AND CLASS C AIRSPACE WITHIN WHICH SPECIAL VFR WEATHER MINIMUMS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT

Implement LOAs with operators whose operations are conducted under an exemption to 14 CFR Part 91, Appendix D, Section 3. Letters of Agreement should contain:

a. The surface area within which exempted operations may be conducted;

b. The weather minimums required for the operations;

c. That visual reference to the surface is required;

d. Sufficient details as to routes, altitudes, communications, reporting points, etc. to facilitate control of these operations;

e. Code names, if practical, for use in signifying to the pilot the details of each arrival and departure procedure; and

f. Any additional data which the ATC facility believes necessary to accommodate operations.

NOTE-
14 CFR Part 91, Appendix D, Section 3 lists specific surface area locations in which FW/SVFR flight is prohibited. However, operators may petition for exemptions from these prohibitions. An exemption may only be granted by an FAA Headquarter's office (i.e., Vice Preseident for Terminal Services, or the Administrator).

4-4-2. USE OF AIRCRAFT CALL SIGNS

a. Facility air traffic managers must ensure that LOAs concerning the use of aircraft call signs by local flight operators conform with the following standards:

1. FCC Regulations (87.115) are followed.

2. Proposed call signs are coordinated with and approved by System Safety and Procedures before assignment to avoid possible duplication or conflict with air-ground call signs assigned on a national basis to other aircraft operators.

3. Call signs are only used for:

(a) Communications with the local tower.

(b) Local VFR operations.

4. Call signs are not used in filing flight plans.

b. A copy of each LOA covering local aircraft call signs must be forwarded to Terminal Safety and Operations as soon as practicable after receipt of the approval letter for said call sign.

4-4-3. RUNWAY SUPERVISORY UNITS (RSU)

Facility air traffic managers must ensure that the following items are included in a LOA with the local military authority when the operation of a military RSU has been directed by the military commander.

a. Qualification requirements of personnel operating the RSU.

b. A continuous monitor of the appropriate tower frequency is maintained.

c. Coordination with the tower is accomplished prior to changing to an alternate frequency.

d. The primary function of the RSU is to monitor arrivals and departures of designated military aircraft.

e. The RSU must not be used for ATC service except:

1. In an emergency situation; or

2. At undergraduate pilot training/pilot instructor training (UPT/PIT) locations to UPT/PIT aircraft for preventive control purposes.

f. Radio silence must be maintained at all times unless actual safety of flight is involved or as outlined in subpara e above.

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