9-3-2. SEPARATION MINIMA

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  • 9-3-2. SEPARATION MINIMA

    Unless clearance of nonparticipating aircraft in/ through/adjacent to a prohibited/restricted/warning area/MOA/ATCAA/stationary ALTRV is provided for in a letter of agreement (LOA) or letter of procedure (LOP), separate nonparticipating aircraft from active special use airspace, ATCAAs, and stationary ALTRVs by the following minima:

    NOTE: Nonparticipating aircraft refers to those aircraft for which you have separation responsibility and which have not been authorized by the using agency to operate in/through the special use airspace, ATCAA, or stationary ALTRV. VFR traffic is not prohibited from transiting stationary ALTRVs or transitional hazard areas (THA).

    1. Assign an altitude consistent with para 4-5-2, Flight Direction, and 4-5-3, Exceptions, which is at least 500 feet (above FL 290-1000 feet) above/below the upper/lower limit of the prohibited/ restricted/ warning area/MOA/ ATCAA/stationary ALTRV.
      • REFERENCE
      • FAA Order JO 7210.3, Para 2-1-18, Prohibited/Restricted Areas and Stationary ALTRVs.
    2. Provide radar separation of 3 miles (FL600 and above - 6 miles) from the special use airspace, ATCAA, or stationary ALTRV peripheral boundary. EXCEPTIONS:
      1. Some prohibited/restricted/warning areas are established for security reasons or to contain hazardous activities and do not require radar separation of 3 miles (FL 600 and above - 6 miles) from the special use airspace. Where facility management has identified these areas as outlined in FAA Order JO 7210.3, Facility Operation and Administration, vector aircraft to remain clear of the peripheral boundary.
      2. For stationary ALTRVs issued for the purpose of space launch or reentry operations, ensure aircraft remain clear of the peripheral boundary.
    3. Clear aircraft on airways or routes whose widths or protected airspace do not overlap the peripheral boundary.
    4. For stationary ALTRVs and temporary flight restrictions (TFR) issued for the purpose of space launch or reentry operations to protect aircraft hazard areas (AHA):
      1. Do not allow nonparticipating aircraft to operate in an AHA unless real-time notifications of the actual start of activity and end of activity of the AHA is provided to affected facilities via ATO Space Operations coordination.
      2. Do not provide ATC services to aircraft at airports that lie within an AHA unless real-time notifications of the actual start of activity and end of activity of the AHA is provided to affected facilities via ATO Space Operations coordination.
      • REFERENCE
      • FAA Order JO 7210.3, Para 20-6-4, Airports within Aircraft Hazard Areas and Transitional Hazard Areas.
    5. For NOTAMs issued for the purpose of space launch or reentry operations to protect THAs:
      1. Aircraft may enter provided they are not holding, loitering, or hovering, and are cleared on:
        1. (a) Routing approved by ATO Space Operations that has an angular difference of 30 through 150 degrees from the launch/reentry course, or
        2. (b) Crossing courses that have an angular difference of 45 through 135 degrees from the launch/reentry course.

        NOTE: The intent is to provide a crossing angle that accounts for the effects of wind.

      2. Do not provide ATC services to aircraft at airports that lie within a THA unless real-time notifications of the actual start of activity and end of activity of the THA is provided to affected facilities via ATO Space Operations coordination coordination.
      • REFERENCE
      • FAA Order JO 7210.3, Para 20-6-4, Airports within Aircraft Hazard Areas and Transitional Hazard Areas.
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