Air Traffic Services -- Attachment C: Airspace and Operations Analysis Checklist

Attachment C

Airspace and Operations Analysis Checklist

  1. Review linked paragraphs and sections of FAA Order 7400.2 to become generally familiar with the procedures, criteria, and guidelines for Class B or C airspace.
  2. Review FAA's airspace Staff Study if available; investigate the following:
    • What alternatives to Class B or C were explored?
    • Were the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative fully discussed?
  3. Using the local knowledge and experience of the group, investigate the following:
    • Impact on arrival and departure operations at airports that will underlie the shelves of the proposed Class B or C airspace.
    • Airports that will lie within the 30 NM Mode C veil if Class B is implemented.
    • En route traffic that would be forced to operate beneath the shelves of the Class B or C, and in proximity to airports, obstructions, low-level military training routes, terrain, wildlife refuges, etc.
    • Impact on flight training areas, skydiving drop zones, glider operations, hot air balloon activity, hang glider activity, ultralight flight parks, aerobatic practice boxes, etc.
    • Cumulative effects of the proposal and its proximity to other airspace, e.g., MOAs, Restricted Areas, other Class B or C, etc.
    • Prominent landmarks to mark the airspace boundaries on charts for VFR pilots.
    • Implementation of VFR and IFR transition routes.
    • Recommended VFR flyways around and over the proposed Class B airspace for charting.
    • RNAV (area navigation) VFR waypoints to facilitate navigation on VFR flyways and VFR transition routes.
    • Use of VFR waypoints to assist VFR flights in circumnavigating the Class B or Class C airspace.
  4. Review all published departure and arrival procedures and ATC vectoring procedures at the primary airport. Examine possible adjustments that could be recommended to keep the proposed airspace to a minimal size.
  5. If near mid-air collision (NMAC) figures are reported in the staff study, they should be from the FAA's official NMAC database. If other sources are used, what are the reasons?