Section 4. Coordination of Proposals


The Service Center OSG military representatives are the points of contact for the coordination of the respective military service's SUA proposals for their designated geographic service area. The Service Center OSG will handle all coordination of nonmilitary SUA proposals.

  1. Before submitting a SUA proposal to the Service Center OSG, the military proponent will coordinate their proposal concept, at a minimum, with locally affected ATC facilities and military units, local FAA Air Traffic Representatives (ATREPs) and Military Representatives (MILREPs), and the ARTCC having jurisdiction over the affected airspace.
  2. Inquiries from nonmilitary sources regarding the establishment or amendment of SUA will be referred to the appropriate Service Center OSG for assistance.
  1. The proponent will coordinate with affected ATC facilities as needed to discuss the proposal. Proponents should provide the facility with specific information about the mission requirement. This information should include:
  1. the types of activities to be conducted;
  2. the number and types of aircraft involved;
  3. duration of flights;
  4. desired airspace parameters (boundaries and altitudes), and;
  5. why existing SUA within a reasonable distance are not suitable to accommodate the requirement (see paragraph 21-3-1).
  1. Affected ATC facilities will review the concept to evaluate its potential impact on aeronautical and facility operations. The ATC facility's evaluation must conclude whether the SUA concept is:
  1. operationally feasible;
  2. operationally feasible with specified alternatives or modifications, or;
  3. not operationally feasible, detailing the specific reasons and providing alternative suggestions.
  1. Proponents are cautioned that ATC facility concurrence with the proposal concept only represents the facility's preliminary assessment of the aeronautical and ATC operational feasibility of the proposal concept. The proposal will still be subject to the further processing requirements of this order (e.g., aeronautical study, safety risk management, public comment period, and environmental analysis), and the development of a letter of agreement. Therefore, ATC facility favorable consideration must not be interpreted as the FAA's endorsement or as a final approval of the proposal concept.
  2. ATC facilities are responsible to inform the proponent if their assessment of the SUA proposal concept changes or becomes operationally unfeasible. Proponents are responsible to inform ATC facilities if their proposal concept changes.
  3. In the event a proponent's airspace proposal concept has failed to receive ATC facility(ies) concurrence, constructive feedback, or operationally feasible alternatives/ mitigations, then the proponent should coordinate with the service center MILREP and FAA ATREP to resolve the concern.
  4. For guidance on environmental pre-coordination actions, refer to paragraph 21-1-9 and Chapter 33 of this order.
  1. SUA proposals are submitted to the appropriate FAA Service Center OSG for formal processing. Military SUA proposals must be submitted to the appropriate Service Center OSG military representative. Before submitting the proposal to the Service Center OSG, the military representative will review the package to determine compliance with the requirements of this order and applicable military service policies.
  2. SUA proponents must promptly notify the Service Center OSG if there is a change in requirements that would alter the requested effective date or cancel the need for the proposed airspace. Military SUA proponents must make this notification through their appropriate Service Center OSG military representative.