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AIM

10/12/17

5−6−7

National Security and Interception Procedures

5−6−9. FAA/TSA Airspace Waivers

a. Operators may submit requests for FAA/TSA

airspace waivers at https://waivers.faa.gov by

selecting “international” as the waiver type.

b. Information regarding FAA/TSA airspace

waivers can be found at: http://www.tsa.gov/for−in-

dustry/general−aviation or can be obtained by

contacting TSA at (571) 227−2071.

c. All existing FAA/TSA waivers issued under

previous FDC NOTAMS remain valid until the

expiration date specified in the waiver, unless sooner

superseded or rescinded.

5−6−10. TSA Aviation Security Programs

a. Applicants for U.S. air operator certificates will

be provided contact information for TSA aviation

security programs by the U.S. Department of

Transportation during the certification process. 

b. For information about applicable TSA security

programs: 

1. U.S. air carriers and commercial operators

must contact their TSA Principal Security Specialist

(PSS); and 

2. Foreign air carriers must contact their

International Industry Representative (IIR).

5−6−11. FAA Flight Routing Authorizations

a. Information about FAA routing authorizations

for U.S. State Department−designated special

interest country flight operations to or from, within,

or transiting U.S. territorial airspace is available by

country at:

1. FAA website http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/

publications/us_restrictions/; or

2. Phone by contacting the FAA System

Operations Support Center (SOSC) at

(202) 267−8115.

b. Special Interest Countries. The U.S. State

Department−designated special interest countries are

Cuba, Iran, The Democratic People’s Republic of

Korea (North Korea), The People’s Republic of

China, The Russian Federation, Sudan, and Syria.

NOTE−

FAA flight routing authorizations are not required for

aircraft registered in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau.

c. Aircraft operating with the ICAO 3LD assigned

to a company or entity from a country listed as a State

Department−designated special interest country and

holding valid FAA Part 129 operations specifications

do not require FAA flight routing authorization.

d. FAA routing authorizations will only be granted

for IFR operations. VFR and DVFR flight operations

are prohibited for any aircraft requiring an FAA

routing authorization.

5−6−12. Emergency Security Control of Air

Traffic (ESCAT)

a. During defense emergency or air defense

emergency conditions, additional special security

instructions may be issued in accordance with

32 CFR Part 245, Plan for the Emergency Security

Control of Air Traffic (ESCAT).

b. Under the provisions of 32 CFR Part 245, the

military will direct the action to be taken in regard to

landing, grounding, diversion, or dispersal of aircraft

in the defense of the U.S. during emergency

conditions.

c. At the time a portion or all of ESCAT is

implemented, ATC facilities will broadcast appropri-

ate instructions received from the Air Traffic Control

System Command Center (ATCSCC) over available

ATC frequencies. Depending on instructions re-

ceived from the ATCSCC, VFR flights may be

directed to land at the nearest available airport, and

IFR flights will be expected to proceed as directed by

ATC.

d. Pilots on the ground may be required to file a

flight plan and obtain an approval (through FAA)

prior to conducting flight operation.