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AIM

10/12/17

5−6−5

National Security and Interception Procedures

5−6−7. Civil Aircraft Operations Transiting

U.S. Territorial Airspace

a. Civil aircraft (except those operating in

accordance with subparagraphs 5−6−7b, 5−6−7c,

5−6−7d, and 5−6−7e) are authorized to transit U.S.

territorial airspace if in compliance with all of the

following conditions:

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

VFR, or DVFR);

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. 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. Are operating under an approved TSA

aviation security program (see paragraph 5−6−10 for

TSA aviation security program information) or are

operating with and in accordance with an FAA/TSA

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

airspace waiver information), if:

(a) The aircraft is not registered in the U.S.; or
(b) The aircraft is registered in the U.S. and its

maximum takeoff gross weight is greater than

100,309 pounds (45,500 kgs);

6. Are in receipt of, and are operating in

accordance with, an FAA routing authorization if the

aircraft is registered in a U.S. State Department−des-

ignated 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.)

b. Civil aircraft registered in Canada or Mexico,

and engaged in operations for the purposes of air

ambulance, firefighting, law enforcement, search and

rescue, or emergency evacuation are authorized to

transit U.S. territorial airspace within 50 NM of their

respective borders with the U.S., with or without an

active flight plan, provided they have received and

continuously transmit an ATC−assigned transponder

code.

c. Civil aircraft registered in Canada, Mexico,

Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, or the British

Virgin Islands with a maximum certificated takeoff

gross weight of 100,309 pounds (45,500 kgs) or less

are authorized to transit U.S. territorial airspace if in

compliance with all of the following conditions:

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

VFR, or DVFR) that enters U.S. territorial airspace

directly from any of the countries listed in this

subparagraph 5−6−7c. Flights that include a stop in a

non−listed country prior to entering U.S. territorial

airspace must comply with the requirements

prescribed by subparagraph 5−6−7a above, including

operating under an approved TSA aviation security

program (see paragraph 5−6−10 for TSA aviation

program information) or operating with, and in

accordance with, an FAA/TSA airspace waiver (see

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

information).

2. Equipped with an operational transponder

with altitude reporting capability and continuously

squawk an ATC assigned transponder code; and

3. Maintain two−way radio communications

with ATC.

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.

d. Civil aircraft registered in Canada, Mexico,

Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, or the British

Virgin Islands with a maximum certificated takeoff

gross weight greater than 100,309 pounds

(45,500 kgs) must comply with the requirements

subparagraph 5−6−7a, including operating under an

approved TSA aviation security program (see

paragraph 5−6−10 for TSA aviation program

information) or operating with, and in accordance

with, an FAA/TSA airspace waiver (see paragraph

5−6−9 for FAA/TSA airspace waiver information).

e. Civil aircraft registered in the U.S., Canada, or

Mexico with a maximum certificated takeoff gross

weight of 100,309 pounds (45,500 kgs) or less that are

operating without an operational transponder and/or

the ability to maintain two−way radio communica-

tions with ATC, are authorized to transit U.S.

territorial airspace over Alaska if in compliance with

all of the following conditions: