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Special Use Airspace

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MAGTFTC, MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California
Special Use Airspace
Air Ground Training at MCAGCC

 

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms, California, seeks additional Special Use Airspace (SUA) to meet Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) sustained, combined-arms, live-fire and maneuver training requirements, including MEB Building Block training. SUA is needed for aircraft, aviation weapons systems, artillery, mortars, tanks and other ground-based systems.

 

What is Special Use Airspace?

Different categories of SUA are used to support military training activities at MCAGCC. Due to the nature of the activities taking place within SUA, varying levels of restrictions are imposed on non-military aircraft in each area. These limitations allow the Department of Defense to conduct necessary training activities while preserving public safety. The military releases SUA for use by civil and commercial aviation when not needed for military operations.

There are four different types of SUA that are used by the military:

  1. Restricted Area (RA)
  2. Military Operating Areas (MOA)
  3. Controlled Firing Area (CFA)
  4. Military Training Routes (MTRs)
    1. Instrument Routes (IR)
    2. Visual Routes (VR)
EXISTING SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE ABOARD MCAGCC

At MCAGCC, three different categories of SUA are used to support military training activities, including Restricted Area (RA), Military Operations Area (MOA), and Controlled Firing Area (CFA).

Who Controls MCAGCC Special Use Airspace?

MCAGCC Range Control manages MCAGCC’s SUA and returns airspace to the National Airspace System (NAS) for use by all aircraft when not required to support MCAGCC’s military training mission.

When it is not active, authorization to fly into R-2501 must come from the Los Angeles Air Traffic Control (ATC) Center. For current SUA status, contact Range Control Office (BEARMAT) 127.125 and check NOTAMs for airspace status in the vicinity of the Combat Center by visiting the FAA website and searching “NXP” and "ZLA".

Restricted Airspace (RA) Airspace above MCAGCC is classified as a Restricted Area (RA), in which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that air traffic must be segregated due to safety or security concerns during military training activities. On aeronautical charts, RA is depicted in blue with the letter “R” followed by a serial number. R-2501 represents MCAGCC’s RA.

Before flying through RA, a civilian pilot must confirm that the RA has been returned to the NAS for general use and management by ATC, or the pilot must secure permission from Range Control when MCAGCC retains use of the RA for military training.

Entering an RA without authorization and during military training will put your aircraft in danger from munitions fired by ground and airborne weapon systems. Additionally, unauthorized civilian overflights will halt live-fire training, causing the loss of critical military training opportunities. All pilots entering R-2501 without permission will be reported to the local Flight Standard District Office (FSDO)

Military Operations Area (MOA) Military Operations Area (MOA) is designated outside of Class A airspace, up to 17,999 Mean Sea Level (MSL). A MOA separates or segregates certain non-hazardous military activities from Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) traffic, and identifies where these activities are conducted for Visual Flight Rule (VFR) traffic.

Controlled Firing Area (CFA) Controlled Firing Area is airspace designated to contain activities that if not conducted in a controlled environment would be hazardous to nonparticipating aircraft. CFAs provide a means to accommodate, without impact to aviation, certain hazardous activities that can be immediately suspended if a nonparticipating aircraft approaches the area. CFAs are an auxiliary tool used by the Marine Corps to meet its training requirements. They provide a means to accommodate limited training activities without impact to general aviation. CFAs are not depicted on aeronautical charts because the user terminates the hazardous activities when non-participating aircraft approach the area. For this reason, they are also not required to be published to Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs).

QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE

The status of SUA is published as a part of the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) information distribution system. Pilots are encouraged to check NOTAMs for airspace status in the vicinity of MCAGCC. Visit the FAA website and search “NXP” and "ZLA" for updates.

For current SUA status, contact: Range Control Office (BEARMAT) on 127.125

For any other questions regarding airspace, please contact the Resource Management Group at (760) 830-3737 or send email to SMBPLMSJOHNSONVALLEY@USMC.MIL

 

Director (760) 830-8734
Deputy Director (760) 830-3765
Community Liaison (760) 830-5651
School Liaison (760) 830-1574
Tours/Operations Officer
(760) 830-3735
Administrative Officer
(760) 830-8734
Resource Management Group
(760) 830-3737
Range Sustainability Program Manager (760) 830-8477

All numbers: DSN 230