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AIM

10/12/17

5−6−4

National Security and Interception Procedures

operating without an operational transponder, and/or

the ability to maintain two−way radio communica-

tions with ATC, are authorized to operate to or from

U.S. territorial airspace over Alaska if in compliance

with all of the following conditions:

1. Depart and land at an airport within the U.S.

or Canada;

2. Enter or exit U.S. territorial airspace over

Alaska north of the fifty−fourth parallel;

3. File and are on an active flight plan;
4. Comply with all other applicable ADIZ

requirements described in paragraph 5−6−4 and any

other national security requirements in paragraph

5−6−2;

5. Squawk 1200 if VFR and equipped with a

transponder; and

6. Comply with all applicable U.S. CBP

requirements, including Advance Passenger Infor-

mation System (APIS) requirements (see

subparagraph 5−6−5c below for CBP APIS informa-

tion), in accordance with 19 CFR Part 122, Air

Commerce Regulations.

c. CBP APIS Information. Information about

U.S. CBP APIS requirements is available at

http://www.cbp.gov.

5−6−6. Civil Aircraft Operations Within U.S.

Territorial Airspace

a. Civil aircraft with a maximum certificated

takeoff gross weight less than or equal to 100,309

pounds (45,500 kgs) are authorized to operate within

U.S. territorial airspace in accordance with all

applicable regulations and VFR in airport traffic

pattern areas of U.S. airports near the U.S. border,

except for those described in subparagraph 5−6−6b

below.

b. Civil aircraft with a maximum certificated

takeoff gross weight less than or equal to 100,309

pounds (45,500 kgs) and registered in a U.S. State

Department−designated special interest country or

operating with the ICAO 3LD of a company in a

country listed as a U.S. State Department−designated

special interest country, unless the operator holds

valid FAA Part 129 operations specifications, must

operate within U.S. territorial airspace in accordance

with the same requirements as civil aircraft with a

maximum certificated takeoff gross weight greater

than 100,309 pounds (45,500 kgs), as described in

subparagraph 5−6−6c below.

c. Civil aircraft with a maximum certificated

takeoff gross weight greater than 100,309 pounds

(45,500 kgs) are authorized to operate within U.S.

territorial airspace if in compliance with all of the

following conditions:

1. File and are on an active flight plan (IFR or

VFR);

2. Equipped with an operational transponder

with altitude reporting capability, and continuously

squawk an ATC assigned transponder code;

3. Maintain two−way radio communications

with ATC;

4. Aircraft not registered in the U.S. must

operate under an approved Transportation Security

Administration (TSA) aviation security program (see

paragraph 5−6−10 for TSA aviation security program

information) or in accordance with an FAA/TSA

airspace waiver (see paragraph 5−6−9 for FAA/TSA

airspace waiver information), except as authorized in

5−6−6c6. below;

5. Are in receipt of, and are operating in

accordance with an FAA routing authorization and an

FAA/TSA airspace waiver if the aircraft is registered

in a U.S. State Department−designated special

interest country or is operating with the ICAO 3LD of

a company in a country listed as a U.S. State

Department−designated special interest country,

unless the operator holds valid FAA Part 129

operations specifications. VFR and DVFR flight

operations are prohibited for any aircraft requiring an

FAA routing authorization. (See paragraph 5−6−11

for FAA routing authorization information.); and

6. Aircraft not registered in the U.S., when

conducting post−maintenance, manufacturer, pro-

duction, or acceptance flight test operations, are

exempt from the requirements in 5−6−6c4 above if all

of the following requirements are met:

(a) A U.S. company must have operational

control of the aircraft;

(b) An FAA−certificated pilot must serve as

pilot in command;

(c) Only crewmembers are permitted onboard

the aircraft; and

(d) “Maintenance Flight” is included in the

remarks section of the flight plan.