Section 3. Special Use, ATC-Assigned Airspace,
and Stationary ALTRVs
Apply the procedures in this section to aircraft
operating in proximity to special use or ATC assigned
airspace (ATCAA), and stationary ALTRVs unless the airspace is designated
an Alert Area/Controlled Firing Area or one of the
following conditions exist:
These procedures are not applicable to Alert Areas or
Controlled Firing Areas.
P/CG Term- Special Use Airspace.
a. The pilot informs you that permission has been
obtained from the using agency to operate in the
b. The using agency informs you they have given
permission for the aircraft to operate in the airspace.
Using agency permission may be relayed to the pilot.
restricted/warning area, MOA,
ATCAA, or stationary ALTRV has been released to the controlling agency.
d. The aircraft is on an approved ALTRV, unless
the airspace area in question is an ATCAA.
Mission project officers are responsible for obtaining
approval for ALTRV operations within prohibited/restricted/warning areas, MOAs,
and stationary ALTRVs..
FAAO JO 7110.65, Para 9-3-4, Transiting Active SUA/ATCAA.
e. Operations in special use airspace
and stationary ALTRVs located in
offshore/oceanic airspace will be conducted in
accordance with the procedures in
Chapter 8, Offshore/Oceanic Procedures.
9-3-2. SEPARATION MINIMA
Unless clearance of nonparticipating aircraft in/through/adjacent to a prohibited/restricted/ warning
area/MOA/ATCAA/stationary ALTRV is provided
for in a letter of agreement (LOA) or letter of
procedure (LOP), separate nonparticipating aircraft
from active special use airspace, ATCAAs, and
stationary ALTRVs by the following minima:
a. Assign an altitude consistent with para
4-5-2, Flight Direction, and
4-5-3, Exceptions, which is at least 500 feet
(above FL 290-1000 feet) above/below the upper/lower limit of the prohibited/restricted/warning
FAAO JO 7210.3, Para 2-1-17, Prohibited/Restricted Areas and Stationary ALTRVs.
b. Provide radar separation of 3 miles (En route
Stage A/DARC, FL 600 and above - 6 miles) from the
special use airspace, ATCAA, or stationary ALTRV peripheral boundary.
c. Clear aircraft on airways or routes whose widths
or protected airspace do not overlap the peripheral
d. Exception. Some
prohibited/restricted/warning areas are established for security reasons or to
contain hazardous activities not involving aircraft
operations. Where facility management has identified these areas as outlined in FAA
Order JO 7210.3,
Facility Operation and Administration, vector
aircraft to remain clear of the peripheral boundary.
Nonparticipating aircraft refers to those aircraft for which
you have separation responsibility and which have not
been authorized by the using agency to operate in/through
the special use airspace, ATCAA, or stationary ALTRV in
question. VFR traffic is not prohibited from transiting
If the aircraft's route, track, or altitude may cause it
to enter an active Prohibited/Restricted/Warning
Area, MOA, or ATCAA:
a. Inform the pilot to conduct flight “VFR-on-top” at least 500 feet above the upper limit or below
the lower limit of the airspace (subject to para 7-3-1,
MAINTAIN VFR-ON-TOP AT LEAST 500 FEET
ABOVE/BELOW (upper/lower limit of airspace) ACROSS
(name or number of airspace) BETWEEN (fix) AND (fix);
and if the airspace is an ATCAA,
(name of ATCAA) IS ATC ASSIGNED AIRSPACE.
FAAO JO 7110.65, Para 7-1-1, Class A Airspace
b. Clear the aircraft via a routing which provides
approved separation from the airspace.
c. Exception: Some Prohibited/Restricted Areas
are established for security reasons or to contain
hazardous activities not involving aircraft operations.
The addition of 500 (or 1,000) feet to the upper/lower
limit of these Prohibited/Restricted Areas is not
required if the areas have been identified by facility
FAAO JO 7210.3, Para 2-1-17, Prohibited/Restricted Areas.
9-3-4. TRANSITING ACTIVE SUA/ATCAA
If a LOA/LOP has been coordinated with the Using
Agency and permission has been granted to transit the
a. Comply with the instruction/clearances issued
by the Using Agency and provide the applicable
separation minima between aircraft when two or
more aircraft are transiting the area; or
Some Using Agencies are also air traffic control facilities.
b. If unable to comply with instructions/clearances, clear the aircraft in accordance with
para 9-3-2, Separation Minima.
The FAA has no jurisdictional authority over the use of
nonjoint use prohibited/restricted/warning area airspace;
therefore, clearance cannot be issued for flight therein
without the appropriate approval.