FAA Suspends Part of LAX Shoreline VFR Route: AWP-500 Briefing Item

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
WESTERN-PACIFIC REGION
15000 AVIATION BLVD.
LAWNDALE, CA

ISSUED: October 13, 2000
EFFECTIVE: October 16, 2000

WESTERN PACIFIC REGION AIR TRAFFIC DIVISION LETTER TO AIRMEN NO. 00-07

SUBJECT: SUSPENSION OF LAX SHORELINE ROUTE TRANSITIONS 3000� MSL AND BELOW (FOR ROUTE DEPICTION SEE LOS ANGELES VFR TERMINAL AREA CHART, JULY 13, 2000)

CANCELLATION: January 17, 2001

The Air Traffic Division (ATD) has temporarily suspended LAX shoreline transitions at and below 3000 feet MSL. This is in response to safety issues identified by pilots and controllers concerning low altitude shoreline transitions in conjunction with the high volume of LAX departure traffic. This action affects VFR flights northbound and southbound along the shoreline west of LAX, and will be in effect for 90 days. In the interim, the shoreline transition will be utilized at 3500 feet and above.

The target date for resolution and implementation of new procedures is January 16, 2001. On or before that date, the ATD will make a determination to provide an additional VFR transition route away from the shoreline, or to reinstate shoreline altitudes with additional safeguards. Within 15 days, the ATD will assemble a workgroup of stakeholders to examine issues and potential solutions. The preferred solution(s) will be adopted as soon as procedural and logistical requirements are met.

This should not be interpreted as an attempt to limit or phase out VFR access to Class B airspace. The FAA will continue to process VFR requests on established routes and altitudes consistent with existing procedures and safety standards. It is expected that the normal volume of VFR requests will be accommodated at alternate altitudes.

If you have questions regarding this action, please contact Stephen Lloyd, Manager, Air Traffic Operations, at (310) 725-6530.

/s/
John Clancy
Manager
Air Traffic Division

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