1. Each person shall, before conducting any operation under the Federal
Aviation Regulations (14 CFR chapter I), be familiar with all available
information concerning that operation, including Notices to Airmen issued
under §91.139 and, when activated, the provisions of the National Air
Traffic Reduced Complement Operations Plan available for inspection at
operating air traffic facilities and Regional air traffic division
offices, and the General Aviation Reservation Program. No operator may
change the designated airport of intended operation for any flight
contained in the October 1, 1990, OAG.
2. Notwithstanding any provision of the Federal Aviation Regulations to
the contrary, no person may operate an aircraft in the Air Traffic Control
a. Contrary to any restriction, prohibition, procedure or other action
taken by the Director of the Office of Air Traffic Systems Management
(Director) pursuant to paragraph 3 of this regulation and announced in a
Notice to Airmen pursuant to §91.139 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
b. When the National Air Traffic Reduced Complement Operations Plan is
activated pursuant to paragraph 4 of this regulation, except in accordance
with the pertinent provisions of the National Air Traffic Reduced
Complement Operations Plan.
3. Prior to or in connection with the implementation of the RCOP, and
as conditions warrant, the Director is authorized to:
a. Restrict, prohibit, or permit VFR and/or IFR operations at any
airport, Class B airspace area, Class C airspace area, or other class of
b. Give priority at any airport to flights that are of military
necessity, or are medical emergency flights, Presidential flights, and
flights transporting critical Government employees.
c. Implement, at any airport, traffic management procedures, that may
include reduction of flight operations. Reduction of flight operations
will be accomplished, to the extent practical, on a pro rata basis among
and between air carrier, commercial operator, and general aviation
operations. Flights cancelled under this SFAR at a high density traffic
airport will be considered to have been operated for purposes of part 93
of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
4. The Director may activate the National Air Traffic Reduced
Complement Operations Plan at any time he finds that it is necessary for
the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System. Upon activation
of the RCOP and notwithstanding any provision of the FAR to the contrary,
the Director is authorized to suspend or modify any airspace designation.
5. Notice of restrictions, prohibitions, procedures and other actions
taken by the Director under this regulation with respect to the operation
of the Air Traffic Control system will be announced in Notices to Airmen
issued pursuant to §91.139 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
6. The Director may delegate his authority under this regulation to the
extent he considers necessary for the safe and efficient operation of the
National Air Traffic Control System. Authority: 49 U.S.C. app.
1301(7), 1303, 1344, 1348, 1352 through 1355, 1401, 1421 through 1431,
1471, 1472, 1502, 1510, 1522, and 2121 through 2125; articles 12, 29, 31,
and 32(a) of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (61 stat.
1180); 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; E.O. 11514, 35 FR 4247, 3 CFR,
1966-1970 Comp., p. 902; 49 U.S.C. 106(g).