Air Traffic Organization Policy

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 2. Elimination of Fixed-Wing Special Visual Flight Rules Operations

18-2-1. PURPOSE

This section prescribes policy and guidance for the elimination of fixed-wing special visual flight rules (SVFR) operations within Class B and Class C airspace areas.

18-2-2. POLICY

Fixed-wing SVFR operations may interfere with the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of aircraft operating under instrument flight rules (IFR) within certain high activity airspace areas (Class B, or C airspace areas only). To preclude such adverse effect, it may be necessary to eliminate SVFR operations within those affected airspace areas.

Section 3, Appendix D to Part 91 of 14 CFR lists the locations wherein fixed-wing SVFR operations are prohibited.


a. Each Service Area office must conduct periodic reviews of terminal areas to determine when fixed-wing SVFR operations should be eliminated or restored in the specific airspace areas.

b. Each Service Area office must forward the names of the airspace surface areas recommended for elimination/restoration of fixed-wing SVFR operations, with detailed justification, to the System Operations Airspace and Aeronautical Information Management for review.

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