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Alert Area

Introduction:

  • Alert areas are depicted on aeronautical charts to inform nonparticipating pilots of areas that may contain high volumes pilot training, parachute jumping, glider towing, or an unusual type of aerial activity [Figure 1]
    • Alert areas, however, are not always established in areas that meet the above criteria, such as around Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Alert areas are non-regulatory in nature
Alert Area
Figure 1: Alert Area

Congestion:

  • Pilots are urged to exercise extreme caution if operating inside of an alert area
  • It is preferable to avoid the area in its entirety to unnecessarily add to the congestion
  • All activity within an alert area must be conducted in accordance with CFRs, without waiver, and pilots of participating aircraft as well as pilots transiting the area must be equally responsible for collision avoidance
  • The area is charted as an "A" followed by a number
    • Additional information is available on the edge of the sectional chart the airspace pertains to [Figure 2]

Alert Area Explanation
Figure 2: Alert Area Explanation

Conclusion:

  • Do not become complacent
  • Pilots of participating aircraft as well as pilots transiting the area are equally responsible for maintaining a visual scan and collision avoidance at all times

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