The Airspace Authorizations Office manages the process of aircraft operators who request to enter areas of restricted airspace. Pilots should read all applicable Notice to Airmen and contact their local Flight Service Station prior to flight operations. It is the pilot’s responsibility to ensure proper authorization from TSA and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prior to starting flight operations.
You can contact the Airspace Authorization Office during normal business hours at (571) 227-2071.
Waiver requests may be submitted online via the FAA/TSA Airspace Access Program, and must be submitted no later than five business days in advance of the flight. In certain cases, applicants may be advised that extra time is required for review.
Applicants will be asked to provide full name, social security number, date of birth, place of birth, passport number and passport country as well as the start and end dates of the flight. For applications for aircraft operating within the United States, the waiver review process includes an evaluation of the aircraft, crew, passengers and purpose of flight. A flight itinerary must be provided for single trip and no transponder waivers.
TSA provides a recommendation of approval or denial to the FAA Office of System Operations Security. If you are determined to be eligible for a waiver, you will be notified and provided with a unique waiver authorization. Pilots must possess a copy of the waiver when filing a flight plan and during flight operations.