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This page lists regional airspace issues for Boston Center, ZBW; New York Center, ZNY; Cleveland Center, ZOB; and Washington Center, ZDC. Notices, restrictions, and advisories may change at any time and without notice. Do not attempt any operation in the National Airspace System without first obtaining and understanding a thorough pre-flight briefing.
Latest News and TRACON, FAA Center & Airport Notices:
New RNAV Departures Coming to Boston Logan
February 21, 2013
In a Letter to Airmen issued last week, Boston Logan’s Air Traffic Control Tower announced expanded availability of RNAV Standard Instrument Departure Procedures (SIDs) for jet aircraft. Effective March 7, 2013, 8 new RNAV SIDs will be published and available thereby equipping each jet-departure runway on the field with an RNAV SID. Those RNAV SIDS include: BLZZR TWO, BRUWN THREE, CELTK THREE, HYLND THREE, LBSTATHREE, PATSS THREE, REVSS TWO, and SSOXS THREE. The FAA is now requesting operators and pilots to include the new RNAV SIDs and preferred route in their filed flight plans. The filed SID should be one that departs the Boston area on a route that is contained in the filed flight plan. For those aircraft unable to accept an RNAV SID, the LOGAN vector SID (identified as LOGAN SIX until March 7th) will be available.View the Letter to Airmen here (PDF, 342 KB).
Massachusetts Long-Range Transportation Plan Calls for Investment in GA
January 18, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) recently unveiled a 10-year plan that includes $125 million for maintenance and safety improvements at community airports in the Bay State over the next decade. The report, titled "The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan," notes that MassDOT "is fostering the development of our general aviation airport network, including the groundbreaking for a new Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation hangar at Westfield-Barnes Airport... and the implementation of a statewide runway safety marking project." Read more about the plan.
General Aviation Will Face Flight Limits in DC Metro Area on Inauguration Day
January 7, 2013
The entire aviation community will face a host of temporary flight restrictions over the Washington, DC, metro area on Jan. 21 to accommodate President Obama's second inauguration at the U.S. Capitol building. The restrictions, outlined in a four-page Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight advisory, are designed to address heightened security concerns for the swearing-in ceremony and are considered standard for such a high-profile event. The flight limits will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time and will apply to the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and the Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ). Read more about the flight restrictions.
New Contact Information for JFK Surface Metering Departures
October 17, 2012
Operators are advised that departure surface flow metering procedures have been implemented at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) during peak departure periods. These procedures are designed to reduce ground congestion and reduce fuel burn. Metering procedures will be required daily between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. and between 2:00 and 10:00 p.m. local time. These times could be extended during periods of inclement weather. When JFK is in the metering process, it will be broadcast on the ATIS. To obtain a taxi time when JFK is in the Metering process, operators should call (718) 244-3738 or (718) 244-3736.
Helicopter Route Over North Shore of Long Island Now Mandatory
August 13, 2012
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) reminds operators that effective Aug. 6, the North Shore Route is mandatory for all helicopters transiting along the north shore of New York’s Long Island. The FAA mandate requires pilots to maintain an altitude of at least 2,500 feet, and the agency has developed a describing the route, altitudes and exceptions to the rule. Learn More.
New RNAV Arrivals Utilizing Optimized Profile Descents to be Implemented at IAD and DCA
July 20, 2012
The FAA will implement three new RNAV STARs for arrivals into Washington Dulles (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) beginning August 6, 2012. These new STARs will be for operations arriving the Washington area from the west. This implementation is part of the larger Washington, D.C. Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) Project and will utilize Optimized Profile Descents (OPDs) significantly reducing the number of level-offs. The GIBBZ arrival route for Dulles will include transitions off of Beckley (BKW), Charleston (HVQ) and Morgantown (MGW). The FRDMM (pronounced "Freedom") route for DCA will transition off of BUCKO. The TRUPPS (pronounced "Troops") route for DCA will include transitions off of Beckley (BKW) and Charleston (HVQ). For more information, contact NBAA Air Traffic Services at email@example.com or view the New RNAV Arrivals Into IAD & DCA. (803 KB, PDF)
FAA Clarifies BUNZZ ONE and RNLDI ONE Departure Procedures at Washington Dulles
July 20, 2012
In a July 10, 2012 Air Traffic Control Tower Letter to Airmen, the FAA issued clarification on the initial portions of the BUNZZ ONE and RNLDI ONE RNAV departure procedures at Washington Dulles (IAD). Effective July 26, 2012 pilots should expect to receive an initial vector for the departure from Dulles Tower and should not begin their turn at 820 feet as described in the procedure. Radar vectors will subsequently be given to the initial waypoint by Potomac TRACON. View the Dulles Tower Letter to Airmen No. 12-01. (190 KB, PDF)
New Traffic and Flight Information Services Available in Cleveland, OH Area
November 3 , 2010
For operators flying in the Cleveland, Ohio area, several new services are now available that deliver free traffic and weather information to the cockpit. The Flight Information Service – Broadcast (FIS-B) and the Traffic Information Service – Broadcast (TIS-B) are based on Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) technology and require ADS-B capable equipment to be installed in the aircraft. The services provide a cockpit display of aviation weather and aeronautical information and aid the pilot’s visual acquisition of other air traffic. For more information, view FAA Notice NOTC2666.
New Route for Departures from IAD to Help During Convective Weather
April 13 , 2010
Due to the ongoing efforts of NBAA, a new route has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for departures out of Dulles International Airport (IAD) that are headed to southeast Florida destinations. Until now, general aviation flights have not been able to use the current preferred route because it would place them inside the Washington DC Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). Instead these flights have been routed inland, which can be problematic on convective weather days as thunderstorms impact the route. The new route allows traffic to circumvent the FRZ and get more quickly to the offshore Atlantic Routes and then on to southeast Florida. View more information about this new route.
New Teterboro Departure Procedures Now in Use
August 31, 2009
The FAA has implemented two new departure procedures for Teterboro Airport (TEB). Eligible RNAV-equipped airplanes will be assigned the RUUDY TWO procedure when departing Runway 24. The Teterboro Six procedure amends the routing for two of the departure waypoints. Both procedures contain altitude crossing restrictions to which operators must adhere. For the full details of the procedures, visit NBAA's TEB page.
Allentown Tower Letter to Airmen No. 08-1, Practice Instrument Approaches
August 22, 2008
The FAA Allentown Tower has published Letter to Airmen (LTA) No. 08-1, titled Practice Instrument Approaches, which details services to pilots practicing approaches to the following Pennsylvania airports: Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport (JVU) and Braden Airpark (N43). Download LTA08-1. (216KB, PDF)
Allentown Tower Letter Designates Movement and Non-Movement Areas
August 22, 2008
The FAA Allentown Tower has published Letter to Airmen (LTA) No. 08-2, titled Movement and Non-Movement Areas at Lehigh Valley International Airport, which designates movement and non-movement areas at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE). Download LTA08-2. (406KB, PDF)
ADIZ Familiarization Training Is Mandated for Pilots
August 18, 2008
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule that requires all pilots flying under visual flight rules within 60 nautical miles of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) very high frequency omni-directional radio range undergo the online special awareness training for the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Pilots must comply with this rule by February 9, 2009 and be able to present their certificate of completion of the course at the request of an authorized representative of the FAA, National Transportation Safety Board, TSA or any federal, state or local law enforcement officer. Read more.
FAA Letter to Airmen Outlines Updated New York Center Radio Frequencies
July 10, 2008
The FAA has published Letter to Airmen 08-01 regarding updated radio frequencies to be used in New York Center (ZNY) airspace for direct center-to-pilot communications. Correct frequencies are normally provided to crews upon entering ZNY; however, in the event that they are not, crews may obtain correct frequencies from this letter. The frequencies are listed by ZNY sector, and further broken down by navigational fixes in the area. Download LTA 08-01 (240KB, PDF).
FAA Washington Center Issues LTA 06-06 Regarding Facility ID
September 12, 2006
FAA Washington Center has issued Letter to Airmen (LTA) 06-06, titled "Facility Identification and Radio/Interphone Message Format." In an effort to reduce excess verbiage and expedite traffic, Washington Center has modified its facility identification to include "Wash Center." "Wash Center" may be used in all radio/interphone message formats in lieu of "Washington Center."
Dulles Releases ATC Guide for Airport Customers
March 20, 2006
FAA employees at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) have compiled a reference guide for users who frequently utilize the airport. This guide is intended to provide Dulles customers with general information on the procedures and policies that can be anticipated during air traffic operations both normally and during severe weather avoidance procedures (SWAP) season. The goal of IAD ATC in publishing this guide is for users to have a better understanding of how to augment safety, increase efficiency and mitigate issues that can sometimes hamper operations. IAD Air Traffic Manager Sherelle Carper commends operators for their patience and understanding during airport construction and growth phases. For more information, contact the NBAA GA Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or download the guide (4MB, PDF).
New Visual Warning System for DC ADIZ
Updated May 27, 2005
The National Capital Region visual warning system (VWS) became operational on May 21, 2005. The VWS is a ground-based system that uses low-level beams of alternating red and green lights designed to alert pilots that they have violated the Washington, DC air defense identification zone (ADIZ) or flight restricted zone (FRZ). Pilots who are seeing this signal should immediately contact ATC on an appropriate local frequency or 121.5/243.0 and exit the ADIZ airspace. This system is only being implemented in the Washington, DC area; pilots who observe laser activity elsewhere should follow the procedures outlined in FAA Advisory Circular 70-2, Reporting of Laser Illumination of Aircraft. More.