Section 1. Introduction

  1. PURPOSE OF THIS ORDER
  1. This order prescribes policy, criteria, guidelines, and procedures applicable to the System Operations Services; Mission Support Services; Aeronautical Information Services; Technical Operations Services; Technical Operations Air Traffic Control Spectrum Engineering Services; Technical Operations Technical Services; the Office of Airport Planning and Programming, (APP); the Office of Airport Safety and Standards, (AAS); Airports District Office (ADO); and the Flight Standards Service.
  2. While this order provides procedures for handling airspace matters, additional procedures and criteria to supplement those contained herein may be set forth in other directives and should be consulted.
  1. AUDIENCE
  1. This order applies to all ATO personnel and anyone using ATO directives.
  2. This order also applies to all regional, Service Centers, Instrument Flight Procedure (IFP) Service Providers, and field organizational elements involved in rulemaking and nonrulemaking actions associated with airspace allocation and utilization, obstruction evaluation, obstruction marking and lighting, airport airspace analysis, and the management of air navigation aids. States that participate in the State Block Grant Program (SBGP) assist the Office of Airport Safety and Standards in these actions, but the overall responsibility remains with the Office of Airports. Participating states include Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
  1. WHERE TO FIND THIS ORDER

This order is available on the FAA website at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications and http://employees.faa.gov/tools_resources/ orders_notices.

  1. WHAT THIS ORDER CANCELS

FAA Order JO 7400.2M, Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters, dated February 28, 2019, and all changes to it are canceled.

  1. CHANGE AUTHORITY

The Director of Policy (AJV-P) will issue changes to this directive after obtaining concurrence from the affected Headquarters offices/services/service units on the cover of this order.

  1. EXPLANATION OF CHANGES
  1. The significant changes to this order are identified in the Explanation of Changes page(s). It is advisable to retain the page(s) throughout the duration of the basic order.
  2. If further information is desired, please direct questions through the appropriate facility/service area/regional office to the headquarters office of primary responsibility.
  1. SUBMISSION CUTOFF AND EFFECTIVE DATES

This order and its changes are scheduled to be published to coincide with AIRAC dates. However, due to the infrequent nature of changes submitted for this order, publishing may be postponed.

Publication Schedule

Basic or Change

Cutoff Date for Submission

Effective Date of Publication

JO 7400.2N

12/31/20

6/17/21

Change 1

6/17/21

12/2/21

Change 2

12/2/21

5/19/22

Change 3

5/19/22

11/3/22

JO 7400.2P

11/3/22

4/20/23

Change 1

4/20/23

10/5/23

Change 2

10/5/23

3/21/24

Change 3

3/21/24

9/5/24

  1. DELIVERY DATES

This order will be available on the FAA website 30 days prior to its effective date.

All organizations are responsible for viewing, downloading, and subscribing to receive electronic mail notifications when changes occur to this order.

Subscriptions can be made at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications.

  1. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROCEDURAL CHANGES
  1. The responsibility for processing and coordinating revisions to this order is delegated to the Airspace Policy Group Manager.
  2. Proposed changes or recommended revisions must be submitted, in writing, to the Airspace Policy Group. The proposal should include a description of the change or revision, the language to be inserted in the order, and the rationale for the change or revision.
  3. The Airspace Policy Group will review and revise proposed changes as necessary and submit supported proposals to Policy (AJV-P). When appropriate, the Airspace Policy Group may convene a workgroup for this purpose. Composition of the workgroup will be determined by the subject matter and the expertise required. The Airspace Policy Group is responsible for the selection of the members of the workgroup, and for appointing the chairperson of the group.
  4. The Policy directorate is responsible for ensuring all approved revisions are published.
  5. When revised, reprinted, or additional pages are issued, they will be marked as follows:
  1. Each revised or added page will show the change number and effective date of the change.
  2. Bold vertical lines in the margin of the text will mark the location of substantive procedural, operational, or policy changes (for example, when material that affects the performance of duty is added, revised, or deleted).
  1. DISTRIBUTION

This order is available online and will be distributed electronically to all offices that subscribe to receive email notification/access to it through the FAA web- site at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications.

  1. SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Every employee is responsible for ensuring the safety of equipment and procedures used in the provision of services within the National Airspace System (NAS).

  1. Risk assessment techniques and mitigations, as appropriate, are intended for implementation of any planned safety significant changes within the NAS, as directed by FAA Order 1100.161, Air Traffic Safety Oversight.
  2. Direction regarding the Safety Management System and its application can be found in the Air Traffic Organization Safety Management System Manual; FAA Order JO 1000.37, Air Traffic Organization Safety Management System; and FAA Order 1100.161, Air Traffic Safety Oversight.