Section 1. General
A prohibited area is airspace designated under 14 CFR part 73, within which no person may operate an aircraft without permission of the using agency.
In accordance with paragraph 22-1-5, operations within a prohibited area require a certificate of waiver/authorization.
Prohibited areas are designated when necessary to prohibit flight over an area on the surface in the interest of national security.
The restrictions imposed by a prohibited area are often highly controversial and potentially disruptive to National Airspace System operations. Therefore, proposed prohibited areas require strong justification and the designation of such areas must be limited.
Identify prohibited areas with the prefix letter “P" followed by a dash, a two-digit number and location (City, State), (e.g., “P-47, Amarillo, TX"). Identification numbers are assigned by the Airspace Rules and Regulations Team, AJV-P21.
Prohibited areas normally extend from the surface upward to a specified altitude, with a “continuous" time of designation
No person may conduct operations within a prohibited area without permission of the using agency and a certificate of waiver/authorization issued by the FAA Administrator. FAA Headquarters, System Operations Security, is responsible for processing waiver requests for operations in a prohibited area.
Operations are permitted for emergency purposes such as search and rescue and active law enforcement situations without a certificate of waiver/authorization. Prohibited areas are not intended to provide an airspace area free of other aircraft in which to conduct routine operations, research, and test activities.
The using agency is the agency, organization or military command that established the requirements for the prohibited area.