Regional Issues

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At any given time, there are numerous airspace-related issues that NBAA would like its Members to be aware of. In order to make it easier for Members to locate issues most relevant to them, NBAA has categorized the current airspace issues by FAA Region.

Each FAA region contains 4 Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs).  Each of the regions is also overseen by an FAA representative – the FAA Systems Operations Director for Tactical Operations (DTO).  The map below shows the regions covered by the DTOs.

To view regional airspace news, click on the appropriate region below:

In addition there are other air traffic issues that span multiple regions.

Chicago Center Back to Normal Operations
Oct. 13, 2014
On Monday, Oct. 13, Chicago Center (ZAU) made a successful transition back to normal operations, and all NOTAMs related to the ATC Zero situation were canceled. Additionally, the significant and complex route structure required by the ATC Zero situation has been removed. While Chicago Center has restored communications, the redundant communications systems are not quite at 100 percent yet. As a result, the FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center will continue to monitor volume in those sectors and could slow down or move some traffic to reduce the potential for any issues. During the outage, due to a fire on Sept. 26 that crippled Chicago Center, NBAA’s Air Traffic Services provided members with up to date information regarding the requirements for operating into, out of and through Chicago Center airspace. Learn more.
FAA Releases Airspace Study for USAF Training Complex
March 3, 2014
The FAA has released an airspace study from the United States Air Force proposing to establish the Powder River Training Complex military operations areas for North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming – a plan that concerns NBAA, which plans to submit comments to the proposal. The airspace would cover a huge swath of high and low altitudes across all four states, and be active for significant periods of time from Monday through Friday in both the mornings and evenings. "If implemented as proposed, the potential impact on business aviation operators is very significant. Operating IFR, as most of our NBAA Members do, will require pilots to fly around MOAs, adding potentially hundreds of miles to their flights," said Bob Lamond, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. Learn more about the airspace study.
Parking Reservation Program In Place for Augusta Area Airports During 2014 Masters Tournament
Jan. 22, 2014
For the first time, there will be no FAA E-STMP air traffic slot reservation requirements for any of the Augusta-area airports during the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament. However, there will be parking reservation requirements for Augusta Regional (AGS), Aiken Municipal (AIK), Thomson McDuffie (/HQU) and Daniel Field (DNL) starting Friday, April 4 at 5 p.m. local time through Monday, April 14. The mandatory parking reservation program will be managed via a common website for all four area airports, which will go live on March 1. Additional details can be found on NBAA’s Masters web page.
FAA Issues Air Traffic Advisory for Super Bowl
Jan. 20, 2014
Each year, accommodations must be made for all modes of transportation to and from the Super Bowl's host city – including all types of aviation traffic. This year, the Super Bowl will be held on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The FAA last week issued an advisory for the New York/New Jersey region for Jan. 29 to Feb. 3. As previously reported, parking reservations will be required at both Teterboro (TEB) and Morristown Municipal (MMU) airports. The FAA has no plans to implement an air traffic slot program. The advisory, which emphasizes the high volume of traffic expected Sunday night through Monday night, will be reissued daily through Feb. 3. Review the latest information as it becomes available on NBAA's Super Bowl resources page.
IFR Departure Clearances Expanded in the NAS for GNSS-Equipped Aircraft
Feb. 25, 2013
The FAA has issued a NOTAM allowing properly-equipped aircraft to be issued IFR departure clearances from uncontrolled airports that are beyond 40 NM from the NAVAID without radar monitoring. GNSS-equipped aircraft may now receive these clearances with point-to-point route segments, on the ground, or in the air. Prior to this change, IFR clearances were only issued when either ATC radar monitoring was available or when a departure procedure was published including a transition to the en-route structure. View the full NOTAM FDC 3/9599.
New RNAV Routes for the Gulf of Mexico
Jan. 8, 2013
On Jan. 10, 2013, at 0630 UTC, new RNAV routes will take effect for crossing the Gulf of Mexico. Two ATS routes will be maintained. Aircraft entering GoMex airspace at or after 0630 UTC are expected to file and fly the new GoMex route structure, including the new “Lima” and “Mike” RNAV routes. This will allow the application of 50 NM lateral separations for qualified aircraft, authorized for RNP 10 (minimum) or RNP 4. Learn more.
New York Metro Airspace Overview
The airspace in and around the New York City metro area is the most congested and complex airspace in the NAS. Learn more the area airports, common departure and arrival issues, and the route issues encountered in the New York metro airspace.
Winter Snowbird Traffic and VACAPES Airspace
During certain times of the year, particularly during the winter, seasonal traffic between the northeastern US and Florida increases dramatically. Offshore radar routes, and in some cases the Virginia Capes Operating Area (VACAPES), can be used to reduce congestion.
Ski Country Special Traffic Management Program
The Ski Country Special Traffic Management Program is run annually from about Thanksgiving through mid-April in order to control the IFR arrival rates into Aspen-Pitkin County/Sardy Field (ASE), Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), Rifle/Garfield County Field Airport (RIL), Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) and Grand Junction Walker Field Airports (GJT).

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