Online Ground School (Private Pilot)

Lesson 15.7: Special Use Airspace 

Special Use Airspace

     Reference: ACS PA.I.E.K3, AIM Sec. 3-4-1

  • Military Operating Area 

  • Prohibited Area

  • Restricted Area

  • Warning Area

  • National Security TFR

Military Operating Area (MOA)

  • Shown by a magenta hash line

    • With name of MOA and ending with MOA (SUNDANCE MOA)

  • You CAN fly in a MOA

  • You do not need clearance

Sundance MOA
Prohibited Area

Prohibited Area

  • Shown by a blue hash line

    • With 'P' and ending with a number (P-51)

  • You can NOT fly in a Prohibited Area, MUST fly around

Prohibited Area P-51
Not Area 51

Restricted Area

  • Shown by a blue hash line

    • With 'R' and ending with a number (R-2916)

  • You CAN fly in a Restricted Area

    • If the area is dead (not active)​

  • You can NOT fly in a Restricted Area

    • If the area is active​

  • Contact ATC and ask or contact the ATC agency via the frequency on your sectional chart

Restricted Area
Restricted Area R-2916
Warning Area W-292W

Warning Area

  • Shown by a blue hash line

    • With 'W' and ending with a number (W-292W)

  • Found off the coast

  • Low control area or low radar coverage

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)

  • Show up at any given time.

    • ALWAYS Check NOTAMs or Call FSS, and make sure your digital maps are update and most current.​

  • Used for Sporting Events, VIP movement, Firefighting, etc. 

  • Shown ONLY on digital maps by a red line

  • You can NOT fly into a TFR 

  • If you do fly into one, you WILL LOSE your Pilot Certificate 

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) Disneyland
TFR
Disneyland, CA

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