Airspace Modifications

The capabilities of aircraft and weapons have outpaced the current size and configuration of Fallon’s designated airspace.

Expanding special use airspace and reconfiguring current airspace would help address training constraints.

The Navy proposes to expand special use airspace and reconfigure existing airspace to address current training constraints.

The airspace proposal includes requests for:

  • Expanding restricted airspace associated with the expanded bombing ranges for Bravo-16, Bravo-17, and Bravo-20
  • Additional air traffic control assigned airspace (ATCAA)
  • Additional military operations area (MOA) airspace under current ATCAAs
  • Vertical increase in airspace associated with the Reno MOA/ATCAA

Proposed airspace modifications would not (with one exception) increase the horizontal size of the Fallon Ranges, but would enhance training capabilities by expanding certain airspace areas vertically.

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Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC) Airspace changes would include:

  • R-4803 (associated with B-16) would be increased in horizontal size to the West, to match associated land range changes.  This airspace would remain named as R-4803 and its altitude would remain the same, from surface to 17,999 ft. MSL.
  • R-4804 (B-17) would be increased in horizontal size to match associated land range changes and would modify the borders to align with R-4812 and R-4816. Altitude would remain the same, from surface to 50,000 ft. MSL.
  • R-4810 (B-19) would increase the airspace ceiling from current surface to 17,000 ft. MSL, to surface to 17,999 ft. MSL.
  • R-4812 would modify the airspace boundaries in order to match alignment with the newly proposed R-4804. Altitude would remain the same, from surface to 17,999 ft. MSL.
  • R-4813 (B-20) would remain unchanged. Altitude is from surface to 50,000 ft. MSL.
  • A new R-4814 (B-20) would be established to match associated land range changes with the B-20 range expansion. Altitude would be from surface to 29,000 ft. MSL.
  • R-4816 South would be extended slightly farther to the south to encompass the Highway 50 Visual Flight Rules Corridor and to better align with the proposed R-4804 expansion.
  • A new restricted area (R-4816 Low) would be created and run from the surface to 500 ft. above ground level (AGL). The dimensions of R-4804 Low would be smaller in size than current R-4816 South.
  • A new Restricted Area would be created, called R-4816 Low and would add additional restricted airspace underneath a portion of the current R-4816 South and cover an altitude from the surface to 500 feet (the lower ceiling of R-4816 South).
  • The Reno MOA would be modified from the current 13,000 ft. floor and 31,000 ft. ceiling to a 1,200 ft. AGL floor and 40,000 ft. ceiling. Supersonic capability above 30,000 ft. MSL would be added. Chaff and flare release capability would be added (standard flare minimum altitude restrictions would apply as dictated by the FRTC Range Operations Manual). The 40,000 ft. ceiling would be requested on an as-needed basis.
  • The northern border of the FRTC would be slightly expanded to the North, beginning with the Carson Military Operating Area (MOA) to the west and extending to the Fallon North 4 MOA to the east. The new northern border would encompass the current Fallon North 1-4 MOAs and at an altitude of 200 ft. AGL to 50,000 ft. MSL.
  • Ranch Low/High MOAs would be combined into one MOA (new Ranch MOA) and the altitudes would change from the current 500 foot AGL floor and 9,000 and 13,000 MSL ceilings to 500 AGL and 17,999 feet MSL for the new Ranch MOA.
  • The Fallon South 2 and 3 MOAs would be combined into a single MOA and be renamed as Fallon South 2 MOA. Altitudes would be unchanged from current (100 AGL to 17,999 MSL).
  • The Fallon South 4 and 5 MOAs would be combined into a single MOA and renamed as Fallon South 3 MOA. Altitudes would be unchanged from current (200 AGL to 17,999 MSL).
  • The Duckwater ATCAA border would be modified horizontally to better align with local air traffic routes. A new Duckwater MOA would be established from 200 ft. AGL floor to 17,999 ft. MSL ceiling and new Duckwater ATCAA ceiling would raise from current 29,000 feet MSL to 50,000 feet MSL.
  • The Smokie ATCAA border would also be modified horizontally to better align with local air traffic routes and a new Smokie MOA would be established from 200 ft. AGL floor to 17,999 ft. MSL ceiling. The Smokie ATCAA ceiling would raise from current 25,000 feet MSL to 29,000 feet MSL.
  • The Diamond ATCAA boundaries would be changed to become the southeast corner of the current Diamond MOA (the airspace excluding the current Zircon ATCAA) and would become an MOA/ATCAA. The revised Diamond MOA would run from 1,200 ft. AGL to 17,999 ft. MSL, and a new Diamond MOA would run from 18,000 ft. MSL to 50,000 ft. MSL or as assigned.
  • A new Ruby MOA/ATCAA would be created from 1,200 ft. AGL to 29,000 ft. MSL.
  • A new Zircon MOA would be created from 1,200 ft. AGL to 17,999 ft. MSL, creating a Zircon MOA/ATCAA. The existing Zircon ATCAA would remain unchanged from the current 18,000 to 50,000 ft. MSL.
  • The Fallon South 2 and 3 MOAs would be combined into a single MOA and be renamed as Fallon South 2 MOA.
  • The Fallon South 4 and 5 MOAs would be combined into a single MOA and renamed as Fallon South 3 MOA.
  • The supersonic operating area A (above 31,000 ft. MSL) would extend into the Zircon and Duckwater ATCAAs.
  • Supersonic operating area B (11,000 to 30,000 ft. MSL) would be extended to the east; horizontally, into the Zircon and Ruby MOA/ATCAAs.

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