What is "Special Use Airspace"?
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Joined 01/06/2017 - 66 Posts
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What is "Special Use Airspace"?
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Joined 01/30/2020 - 14 Posts
AOPA Staff Answer
1. Special use airspace (SUA) consists of that airspace wherein activities must be confined because of their nature, or wherein limitations are imposed upon aircraft operations that are not a part of those activities, or both. SUA areas are depicted on aeronautical charts, except for controlled firing areas (CFA), temporary military operations areas (MOA), and temporary restricted areas.
2. Prohibited and restricted areas are regulatory special use airspace and are established in 14 CFR Part?73 through the rulemaking process.
3. Warning areas, MOAs, alert areas, CFAs, and national security areas (NSA) are nonregulatory special use airspace.
4. Permanent SUA (except CFAs) is charted on Sectional Aeronautical, VFR Terminal Area, and applicable En Route charts, and include the hours of operation, altitudes, and the controlling agency.
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Joined 02/24/2020 - 1 Posts
Does VFR flight following ensure separation between you and military aircraft while flying thru a MOA?
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Joined 01/06/2017 - 66 Posts
Hey Scott, Good question.  I'd recommend adding it as a separate question to be sure it gets an appropriate response.
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Joined 06/11/2017 - 617 Posts
Scott Clark:
Does VFR flight following ensure separation between you and military aircraft while flying thru a MOA?

Yes, because ATC will not provide service to VFR aircraft through a MOA unless the MOA is not in use.  So, if they're providing service, there are no military aircraft actively using the MOA -- even if the MOA is listed as "active" by NOTAM or scheduled hours.  If it is being used, ATC will either provide vectors around it or terminate your radar service as you enter.