Direct questions through appropriate facility/service center office staff
to the Office of Primary Interest (OPI)

  1. 1-1-9. REQUESTS FOR INTERPRETATION OR CLARIFICATIONS TO THIS ORDER

This change replaces the term “District Manager" with “General Manager."

  1. 1-2-6. ABBREVIATIONS

This change reflects the implementation of the term RAPCON by United States Navy (USN) and United States Marine Corps (USMC) radar approach control facilities. It also reintroduces the term Army Radar Approach Control (ARAC) into the Abbreviations Table and provides uniformity with other air traffic orders. Radar Air Traffic Control Facility (RATCF) will remain in use for those USN and USMC radar facilities that do not provide approach control services. The United States Army (USA) will continue to use Army Radar Approach Control (ARAC). While USA is designated as the Federal Aviation Administration's abbreviation for United States Army, it will be listed as US Army, in some cases, to avoid confusion internationally.

  1. 2-1-20. WAKE TURBULENCE CAUTIONARY ADVISORIES
    3-7-3. GROUND OPERATIONS

This change updates current wake turbulence methodology. It also adds clarity regarding procedures and terms of use for handling wake turbulence and terms of use for atmospheric disturbances that occur during ground operations.

  1. 2-6-2. PIREP SOLICITATION AND DISSEMINATION

This change incorporates language for the categorization of PIREPs, adds a note emphasizing certain routine PIREPs, adds the phrase “cloud coverage" to subparagraph 2-6-2al, adds two references to PIREP handling, and revises language for soliciting information about volcanic activity to align with other applicable FAA publications.

  1. 4-7-12. AIRPORT CONDITIONS

This change removes the ambiguous “en route descent" wording in the En Route portion of the paragraph and adds the option for En Route facilities to use a pilot report of the appropriate ATIS code as a means of satisfying the paragraph requirements. Additionally, a note is added to clarify the controllers' responsibility for issuing airport conditions that might restrict an approach or landing.

  1. Editorial Changes

Editorial changes include a correction to an Example in para 2-1-29, type corrections in para 5-5-2, as well as references in para 5-2-2, 5-2-3, 5-2-4, and 5-2-6. There are also some spelling corrections and standardizations and other typos corrected throughout.

  1. Entire publication

Additional editorial/format changes were made where necessary. Revision bars were not used because of the insignificant nature of these changes.