March 17, 2022
The FAA will soon implement the remaining changes to the Northeast Corridor Atlantic Coast Routes (NEC ACR) project, completing a multi-year initiative designed to reduce delays and improve efficiencies for traffic to and from the Florida Metroplex, including more than 150 new or modified routes.
These changes will help reduce ATC sector workload and complexity.
“NBAA commends the FAA on its commitment to this important airspace modernization initiative,” said Ernie Stellings, NBAA Air Traffic Services senior manager. “The NEC ACR updates may result in fuel and time efficiencies for aircraft operators, and will also improve safety in busy airspace.”
The NEC ACR update initiative is following phased implementation by publishing new procedures on one chart date, then implementing the new procedures on the next chart date. Operators and pilots then have an opportunity to review new procedures and update navigation databases before the procedures are implemented.
On Feb. 24, 2022, the FAA issued a presentation with the current implementation plan, indicating the next major update will occur on Sept. 8, 2022. The changes published in September will be enabled and active on Nov. 3, 2022.
The project began in 2019, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some minor procedural changes may occur in December 2022, completing the multi-year project.
Details are not yet available for Sector 30 super high sector routes (FL400 and above), which will allow business aircraft traffic to fly at higher altitudes saving both time and fuel. NBAA will provide additional information regarding Sector 30 routes, including implementation dates, when available.