Chapter 26. Alert Areas
Section 1. General
An alert area is airspace wherein a high volume of pilot training or an unusual type of aeronautical activity
Alert areas are designated to inform nonparticipating
pilots of areas that contain a high volume of pilot
training operations, or an unusual type of aeronautical activity, that they might not otherwise expect to
encounter. Pilots are advised to be particularly alert
when flying in these areas.
Alert areas shall not extend into Class A, B, C, and
D airspace, or Class E airport surface areas. To the extent possible, alert areas should avoid Federal
airways, major terminal areas, and high volume VFR
routes. Once an alert area is designated, the establishment of Federal airways through such areas should be
kept to a minimum.
a. Only those activities that do not pose a hazard
to other aircraft may be conducted in an alert area.
b. All alert area activities shall be conducted in
accordance with visual flight rules, and in
compliance with applicable Sections of 14 CFR.
c. Automated Flight Service Stations/Flight
Service Stations may broadcast information regarding alert area activities as circumstances dictate.
Alert areas shall be identified by the letter “A" prefix
followed by a dash, a two or three digit number, a location, and the two-letter state abbreviation (e.g.,
A-292, Pensacola, FL). A letter suffix is used to indicate subdivisions. Identification numbers are
assigned by Airspace Regulations and ATC Procedures Group. Aeronautical charts shall be annotated to
reflect the type of activity conducted in the alert area.