Regional Issues - Southeast Region

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This page lists regional airspace issues for Indianapolis Center, ZID; Atlanta Center, ZTL; Jacksonville Center, ZJX; and Miami Center, ZMA. 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.

New Arrival, Departure Procedures to be Implemented at Charlotte-Area Airports
May 18, 2016
Several new standard terminal arrival procedures and standard instrument departure procedures associated with phase two of the Charlotte Metroplex Project will be implemented in and out of Charlotte, NC-area airports beginning May 31. The procedures to be implemented are specific to aircraft arriving from the Northeast and departing to the Northeast. Learn more.
Letter to Airmen References Preferred ATC Communications at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport
March 30, 2016
The FAA has issued a letter to airmen reference ATC communication procedures at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (SSI). It is recommended operators obtain IFR clearance prior to taxiing to avoid delays near the end of the runway. Learn more.
New Arrival, Departure Procedures to Be Implemented at Charlotte, NC-Area Airports This Month
Oct. 8, 2015
Several new standard terminal arrival procedures (STARs) and standard instrument departure procedures (SIDs) will be implemented in and out of the Charlotte, NC-area airports beginning Oct. 15. These new SIDs and STARs are associated with the Charlotte Metroplex Project, which will be implemented in phases over the next two years. The procedures to be implemented this month are specific to aircraft arriving from the Northwest and departing to the Northwest. Learn more.
Airspace Changes Coming to Charlotte Metroplex
Aug. 7, 2015
Upcoming airspace changes will be discussed at the Charlotte (NC) Metroplex team's Industry Day event, set for Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at the aviation director's office at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). After minor changes to the airspace in June, a phased implementation will continue over the next 18 months. The first major changes will be to the Northwest SIDS (5) and STARS (4) on Aug. 20. Read more about Charlotte Metroplex airspace changes.
Thanksgiving Weekend Military Exercise Likely to Increase Air Traffic Delays Around Florida
November 18, 2013
The Navy is conducting a pre-deployment Composite Training Unit Exercise along the Southeast Atlantic Coast between Nov. 6 and Dec. 18. This exercise will result in the activation of most East Coast warning areas and several military operations areas/special use airpsace areas throughout Jacksonville, FL and Miami Centers Airspace, and is necessary to certify the carrier wing for deployment. Combined with the expected Thanksgiving holiday traffic, moderate to excessive delays are possible for those flights operating in or through this airspace during the Thanksgiving week/weekend. Learn more.
FAA Emphasizes Compliance with Departure Instructions at Orlando Executive
June 6, 2013
The FAA issued a letter to airmen after a recent surge of inaccurate read-backs for an initial altitude assignment of 1,500 feet among IFR flights departing Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). Aircraft not complying with the initial altitude clearance at Orlando Executive create a particularly dangerous situation due to the proximity of overhead traffic from nearby Orlando International (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International (SFB). The initial clearance for IFR departures out of ORL is to maintain 1,500 feet and expect filed altitude within 10 minutes after departure. For more information, please contact NBAA's Bob Lamond at

Read Letter to Airmen 13-01 Initial IFR Altitude Assignment. (40 KB, PDF)

Fort Lauderdale International Runway Project Begins in April
February 13, 2012
Runway 9R/27L at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International (FLL) will close on April 17 for a complete rehabilitation and extension, continuing until September 2014. The project will cause operational constraints that may result in delays at times of peak demand. During the closure, other significant changes will be made on the airport, including modifications to the taxiway infrastructure and the decommissioning of Runway 13/31 in May 2013. From that date until September 2014, the airport will be down to one operational runway. Learn More.
FAA Continues Expansion of RNAV Off-the-Ground Operations
October 7, 2009
Commencing October 15, 2009, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) will implement use of the RNAV Off-the-Ground (OTG) phraseology currently in use at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It is critically important that, when cleared via the OTG RNAV phraseology, (e.g. “Lear 235 Bravo, RNAV to GIRGY, Runway 18C, Cleared for takeoff”), pilots engage LNAV as soon as permitted by AFM limitation – no later than an altitude of 500 feet. Strict compliance with lateral and vertical tracks is imperative with all RNAV SIDs, so pilots must insure that all three elements of the ATC-cleared SID have been loaded into the Active FMS route - the departure runway, the SID itself, and the transition. Additionally:
  • The OTG RNAV phraseology is detailed in the OTG Class II NOTAM, which can be viewed here.
  • Further guidance is available in Advisory Circular (AC) 90-100A, which can be viewed here.
FAA Evaluating Phraseology for RNAV Instrument Departures at DFW and ATL
May 20, 2009
The FAA will begin evaluation of RNAV Off-the-Ground phraseology and Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) airports on June 1, 2009. The phraseology, to be issued with the takeoff clearance, requires aircrews to validate correct programming of the runway and departure procedure in the aircraft flight management system prior to takeoff. Pilots can expect a takeoff clearance from ATC that will provide instructions to depart the runway either via an RNAV path or via an assigned heading to be maintained. For more information, view the FAA notice on this evaluation. (PDF, 2.9MB)
Preferred RNAV arrival routes into Southwest FL Airports
December 5, 2008
Operators are encouraged to file new preferred RNAV arrivals to theSouthwest Florida airports of Fort Myers Page Field (FMY), Southwest Florida Intl. (RSW), Naples Municipal (APF) and Marco Island (MKY). The new preferred over water route from the Northeast is the SHFTY1 RNAV STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival) via the AR15 HIBAC transition. The alternate inland routing is the SHFTY1 RNAV STAR via the J75 DUNKN transition. Mileage savings on the new preferred routes compared to previous routings range between 20 to 40 miles. Learn more.