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 increase the horizontal size of the Fallon Ranges, but would enhance training capabilities by expanding current airspace areas vertically.

NAS Fallon Airspace Update Overview Imagery Map To view the large version, download the map. NAS Fallon Airspace Update Overview Imagery Map
NAS Fallon Withdrawal Airspace Overview Map To view the large version, download the map. NAS Fallon Withdrawal Airspace Overview Map

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 and the 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 lower the airspace floor from 500 ft. AGL to the surface and extend the southern border slightly farther to the south to encompass the Highway 50 VFR Corridor. New altitude would be from the surface to 17,999 ft. MSL.
  • The Reno MOA would be modified from the current 13,000 ft. floor and 31,000 ft. ceiling to a 1,200 ft. Above Ground Level (AGL) floor and 40,000 ft. ceiling; add supersonic capability above 30,000 ft. MSL; and add chaff and flare release capability (standard flare minimum altitude restrictions). The 40,000 ft. ceiling would be requested on rare occasions.
  • 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 Nrth 1-4 MOAs and at an altitude if 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 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 and the Smokie ATCAA ceiling would raise from current 25,000 feet MSL to 29,000 feet MSL.
  • The current Diamond ATCAA border would be modified and operate from 18,000 to 50,000 feet MSL, and a new Diamond MOA would be established from 1,200 ft. AGL to 50,000 feet MSL.
  • The Zircon ATCAA would remain unchanged from current 18,000 to 50,000 feet MSL and a new Zircon MOA would be created and operate from the surface to 17,999 feet MSL, creating a Zircon MOA/ATCAA).
  • 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.

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