Sun, Dec 12, 2010
Query By SAFE Answered By Office Of Chief Counsel
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently
received guidance from the FAA's Office of Chief Counsel concerning
VFR operations in Restricted airspace.
While reviewing an article for inclusion in its online Library,
members of SAFE's Library Editorial Review Committee (LERC) raised
a key question: "Is a clearance in fact required to fly through a
Restricted Area when that area is not in use?" When further
research, which included interviews with instructors, the FAA, and
ATC, failed to yield a consistent answer, SAFE turned to the FAA's
Office of Chief Counsel.
After a four-month-long process, the following official response
was received: A clearance is not required to operate VFR through a
restricted area when the controlling or using agency, as
applicable, has made a determination that the restricted area is
"cold". [Cold = Not Active]
SAFE provides its members with access to online reference
materials that include articles contributed by some of the
industry's top aviation educators. Each article undergoes peer
review and approval by the LERC. According to LERC Chair Alan
Davis, "This is a perfect example of the diligence with which our
volunteer committee reviews potential articles for the SAFE
He added, "Going the extra mile in this instance resulted in the
clarification of an important operational detail for pilots."
SAFE has posted a free training aid on its website that includes
the two-page article, Teaching MOAs and Restricted Areas as well as
the response received from the Office of Chief Counsel.
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