In 2019, the FAA began working on major updates to the Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Routes (NEC ACR) to reduce delays and improve throughput for high altitude traffic to and from the Florida Metroplex. The changes also will reduce airspace complexity, reduce radar vectors/reroutes and accommodate more operators at their requested altitudes.

Originally targeted for completion in November 2020, much of the airspace project has been pushed into fall 2022, and possibly later, due to COVID-19.

The project is following a phased implementation by publishing new procedures on one chart date, then implementing on the next chart date.

The FAA Preferred IFR Routes were updated on April 22, 2021. Operators should use the published routes to the maximum extent possible to avoid ATC required re-routes. Review the FAA’s NFDC Preferred Routes Database.

Operators departing Florida airports (MIA, FLL, PBI, FXE, SUA, MCO, ORL) and utilizing offshore routes AR16 or AR18, should file the precise route for the destination airport. Published offshore routes exist for the following destination airports: ACK, ALB, BAF, BDL, BDR, BED, BOS, BVY, BWI, CEF, DXR, EWR, FOK, FRG, GON, HFD, HPN, HTO, HVN, IAD, ISP, JFK, LGA, LWM, MHT, MMU, ORH, PHL, POU, PVD, RDU, SWF, TEB, YUL and YYZ. Published offshore routes for Y494 and Y497 exist for flights departing FLL, MCO, MIA, PBI, TPA, MDSD and MYNN with destinations BDA, BOS, DOV, EWR, JFK, MMU and TEB.

For other airports, the FAA has provided two Google Sheets with route information:

Resources

Nov. 15, 2021
PFR Amendments for NEC ACR on Dec. 2, 2021 Machine Readable Routes (Excel)

Nov. 3, 2021
NEC ACR Project Status Update (PPTX)

Nov. 3, 2021
KTPA KNOST Alternative Routing (PPTX)

Nov. 2, 2021
Florida Metroplex: SID and STAR Changes for Dec. 2, 2021 (PPTX)

Oct. 6, 2021
NEC ACR Project Status Update (PPTX)

Oct. 6, 2021
AR & Y Route and CHS DP Changes Effective Oct. 7, 2021 (PPTX)

July 14, 2021
FAA South-Central Florida Metroplex Route Overview Briefing (PPTX)

July 14, 2021
Florida Metroplex IFR Pref Routes Handbook: High Altitude, Super High Altitude Directional, Low Altitude (PDF)

July 14, 2021
Florida Metroplex Route Amendments – High Altitude Only – Effective Aug. 12, 2021 (Excel)

July 14, 2021
MCO Graphics South Florida Metroplex Project (PDF)

July 14, 2021
TPA Graphics South Florida Metroplex Project (PDF)

July 9, 2021
FAA Eastern Service Area Performance Based Navigation Publication Plan – Tentative (PDF)

July 7, 2021
FAA Florida Metroplex Project Update (PPTX)

July 7, 2021
FAA South-Central Florida Metroplex Route Overview Briefing (PPTX)

June 3, 2021
FAA Florida Metroplex Project Update (PPTX)

March 10, 2021
Florida Metroplex National Customer Forum Briefing (PPTX)

March 3, 2021
Florida Metroplex Project Update – Florida Route Changes for April 22, 2021 (PPTX)

Nov. 5, 2020
FAA NEC ACR Briefing (PPTX)

Oct. 30, 2020
NEC ACR Updated Preferred IFR Routes Effective Nov. 5, 2020 (Excel)

Sept. 24, 2019
FAA NEC ACR Kickoff Presentation (PPTX)