Interpretation 26

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  • Date of Interpretation Applicable 7110.65 section
    6/23/2014 2-1-13, PCG: Class A

    Background Information



    Is it within Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for Air Traffic Control (ATC) to issue a clearance to join up in formation flight with civilian aircraft on Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plans in Class A airspace?


    It is not within FAA regulations, or Orders, for ATC to issue a clearance to join up civil aircraft in formation flight in Class A airspace.

    Military Assumes Responsibility for Separation of Aircraft (MARSA) requirements were developed to allow military formation flights and air refueling missions. MARSA does not apply to civil aircraft.
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