At MCAGCC, three different categories of SUA are used to support military training activities, including Restricted Area (RA), Military Operations Area (MOA), and Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace (ATCAA).
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".
Please note: The Marine Corps is currently assessing the need for Controlled Firing Areas (CFAs) aboard MCAGCC.
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 nonhazardous military activities from Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) traffic, and identifies where these activities are conducted for Visual Flight Rule (VFR) traffic.
Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace (ATCAA) Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace (ATCAA) is airspace similar to a MOA (and usually overlaying a MOA) within Class A airspace from 18,000’ -60,000’ MSL. Non-military aircraft may fly in ATCAA during military training as long as air traffic controllers can maintain IFR separation from military aircraft. Only non-hazardous military activities may be conducted in an ATCAA.
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.