9-3-3. VFR-ON-TOP

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  • 9-3-3. VFR-ON-TOP

    If the aircraft’s route, track, or altitude may cause it to enter an active Prohibited/Restricted/Warning Area, MOA, or ATCAA:

    1. Inform the pilot to conduct flight “VFR-on-top” at least 500 feet above the upper limit or below the lower limit of the airspace (subject to para 7-3-1, VFR-on-top); or
      • PHRASEOLOGY
      • MAINTAIN VFR-ON-TOP AT LEAST 500 FEET ABOVE/BELOW (upper/lower limit of airspace) ACROSS (name or number of airspace) BETWEEN (fix) AND (fix);
      • and if the airspace is an ATCAA,
      • (name of ATCAA) IS ATC ASSIGNED AIRSPACE.
    2. Clear the aircraft via a routing which provides approved separation from the airspace.
    3. Exception: Some Prohibited/Restricted Areas are established for security reasons or to contain hazardous activities not involving aircraft operations. The addition of 500 (or 1,000) feet to the upper/lower limit of these Prohibited/Restricted Areas is not required if the areas have been identified by facility management.
    • REFERENCE
    • FAA Order JO 7210.3, Para 2-1-18, Prohibited/Restricted Areas.
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