Update on ZJX Through Routes - Northbound from Central Florida
On Nov. 8 a lot of new high altitude routes were published in the FL Area to the North. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has asked that you please review the new routes so you will not have any delay in your flying.
Any questions should be directed to Kathy Haworth through email.
Click here to download TPA Area Routes 20181108.pdf
New RNAV Route Structures for Florida Metroplex Project Coming Nov. 8 - ATC Delays possible during early implementation
Jacksonville, Miami, Atlanta and San Juan centers will begin using a new RNAV-based Q and Y route structure on Thursday (Nov. 8). Several new and amended Q and Y routes will be effective on the implementation date.
Q Routes: 16 new and seven amended
Y Routes: 42 new and two amended
(Y Routes are offshore RNAV routes. Aircraft flying the Y-routes must be equipped with GNSS and meet RNAV 2 performance requirements).
Transition to an RNAV-based route structure reduces the dependency on ground-based navigational systems, improving the operational efficiencies of the National Airspace System. The jet “J” airway structure in this airspace will remain in place for now, but will eventually be eliminated.
Operators are encouraged to file the new RNAV-based (Q and Y) routes starting Nov. 8. There will be several procedural changes (SIDS and STARs) for Florida airports associated with the new route structure.
During this major Airspace Restructure flight operators can expect to see FAA ATC Traffic Management Initiatives in place for the first 3 to 7 days as the controllers become familiar with the airspace/airway changes. Traffic Management Initiatives could include Airspace Flow Programs for Jacksonville and Miami Centers (bi-directional), metering and mile in trail restrictions. Daily details on which traffic management initiatives will be used can be found in the FAA ATC Command Center Advisories and the FAA OIS webpage (links for both below).
FAA ATC Command Center Advisories - https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/advAdvisoryForm.jsp
FAA OIS (Operational Information System) - https://www.fly.faa.gov/ois/
The FAA has provided detailed resources that include graphics of the new airways/airspace as well as new preferred routes into and out of the region for the major Florida airports. Operators can use the preferred routes listed for the primary commercial airports to assist them with the correct routes for the nearby satellite airports (i.e. ORL to TEB could be determined by using the MCO to TEB listed route and using the correct SID for ORL to the initial fix). The FAA has also provided “overflight” preferred routes for operators not departing/landing the region, however, utilizing the affected airspace in the “enroute” environment. All of these FAA resources on the new/revised Airspace Route Structure can be found on the NBAA webpage (link below). These FAA presentations include explanation of the airspace/airway changes as well as the new preferred routes into and out of Florida and the overflight routes for operators overflying the affected airspace.
NBAA Florida Metroplex RNAV Route Structure webpage
NBAA Air Traffic Services @ FAA ATCSCC
NBAA Airspace/Airport Alerts are informational in nature. Official current NOTAMs are available from Flight Service Stations at 1-800-WX-BRIEF. Notices, restrictions, and advisories may change at any time and without notice. Do not attempt any operation in the National Airspace System without first obtaining and understanding a thorough pre-flight briefing. In addition to talking to a FSS Specialist, operators can use the FAA NAIMES website to check for the latest TFRs. Visit https://notams.aim.faa.gov/notamSearch/ for more information about the NAIMES website.