Explanation of Changes
Change 2

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

  1. 1-2-6. ABBREVIATIONS
    11-1-3. INSTRUMENT FLIGHT PROCEDURES
    15-1-4. SERVICE CENTER EVALUATION
    15-2-3. CONFIGURATION
    17-2-11. LOSS OF COMMUNICATION OR WEATHER REPORTING CAPABILITY

    This change clarifies the Class B airspace configuration and biennial evaluation considerations to “review the current configuration to determine if it ensures the containment of instrument procedures” contained in FAA Order JO 7400.2, paragraph 15-1-4a2(a). The recommended biennial evaluation considerations are specific to the Class B airspace configuration requirements specified in paragraphs 15-2-3b, Lateral Boundaries, and 15-2-3c, Vertical Limits. The outer limits of Class B airspace should extend to the minimum distance necessary to provide containment of instrument procedures once they enter Class B airspace or until they depart Class B airspace, but must not extend beyond 30 nautical miles (NM) from the airport. Additionally, this change modifies the requirement that the surface area must encompass all final approach fixes at a minimum. The language is modified to include, “to the extent practicable," to acknowledge that there are current Class B airspaces where it is not possible to include existing final approach fixes in the surface area due to adjacent Class D surface areas that underlie the fixes.
  2. 7-2-2. CONDITIONS
    This change specifies an extension may be granted provided the request is received by the FAA in a timely manner (no earlier than 90 days and no later than 15 days before the determination expires). Additionally, this change updates instructions regarding extensions that cannot be immediately granted based on new findings. Extraneous processing is eliminated and the option to abandon the project is provided to sponsors. This language will be incorporated into the extension letters.
  3. 21-1-15. CHARTING AND PUBLICATION REQUIREMENTS
    The Interagency Air Committee (IAC) Charting specification for the requirement for the Chart Bulletin being published in the Chart Supplement was eliminated concurrent with the change of the sectional charts being published every 56 days.
  4. 21-4-2. PRE-PROPOSAL COORDINATION
    21-4-3. ATC FACILITY COORDINATION

    This change updates FAA Order JO 7400.2, Chapter 21, Section 4, paragraphs 21-4-2 and 21-4-3, as recommended by the FAA/DoD Special Activity Airspace (SAA) tiger team.
  5. 32-1-5. RESPONSIBILITIES
    32-2-1. THE PROCESS

    The new language adds clarification in accordance with policy from the Office of Environment and Energy (AEE) that actions qualifying for simple documentation as defined in FAA Order 1050.1F, paragraph 5-3 require a simple written record (which may already be included in documentation prepared during the course of normal project development) and does not need to be signed by the responsible FAA official. It also provides a process for AJV-A to identify and document Categorical Exclusions for qualifying revisions to flight procedures that do not change lateral flight paths, concentration of flight paths, or decrease the altitude of aircraft along the existing flight path, and therefore have no potential to create an environmental noise impact as defined by FAA Order 1050.1F or affect historic properties under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  6. 32-2-1. THE PROCESS
    The change removes the recommendation for non-FAA personnel to consult with the Service Center Environmental Specialist if radar data is needed and adds information on handling DoD requests for data under the NAS Defense Program with reference to FAA Order JO 6000.198 FAA Maintenance of NAS Defense Facilities and Services.
  7. 32-2-3. SPECIAL USED AIRSPACE (SUA)
    This change updates FAA Order JO 7400.2, Chapter 32, paragraph 32-2-3, Special Use Airspace (SUA), with improvements for the efficiency of the environmental process as recommended by the FAA/DoD SAA tiger team.
  8. Editorial Changes
    Editorial changes include updates to mentions of Chart Supplement U.S., Chart Supplement Alaska, and Chart Supplement Pacific, to coincide with definition updates.
  9. Entire Publication
    Additional editorial/format changes were made where necessary. Revision bars were not used because of the insignificant nature of these changes.