9-2-3. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) SPECIAL FLIGHTS

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  • 9-2-3. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) SPECIAL FLIGHTS

    1. Provide notification of possible route or altitude changes as far in advance as possible for “RAC” flights. The pilot will indicate if the proposed change is acceptable or if alternate routing or altitude will be requested.

      NOTE: DOE contracts for civil pilots to operate public aircraft to transport radioactive or high explosive materials within the conterminous U.S. These flights operate on an IFR flight plan but principally during daylight hours and VFR conditions. These flights require flight along carefully selected routes and, in some instances, pilots will refuse clearances that require reroute or altitude changes that would derogate their objective.

    2. EN ROUTE. Approve pilot requests to leave center frequency for operational purposes as traffic conditions permit.
    3. Notify a supervisor in the event any of the following occurs with “RAC” aircraft:
      1. Loss of radio contact.
      2. Loss of radar contact.
      3. The flight is overdue at the destination.
    4. If you receive information that a “RAC” aircraft is involved in an accident, secure as much information as possible, particularly with respect to location, and immediately notify the ARTCC supervisory traffic management coordinator-in-charge.

      NOTE: There is a possibility of an explosive or radiation hazard of an “RAC” aircraft involved in an accident.

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