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AIM 

6/17/21 

operating without an operational transponder, and/or 
the ability to maintain two

way radio communica-

tions with ATC, are authorized to operate to or from 
U.S. territorial airspace over Alaska if in compliance 
with all of the following conditions: 

1. 

Depart and land at an airport within the U.S. 

or Canada; 

2. 

Enter or exit U.S. territorial airspace over 

Alaska north of the fifty

fourth parallel; 

3. 

File and are on an active flight plan; 

4. 

Comply with all other applicable ADIZ 

requirements described in paragraph 5

6

4 and any 

other national security requirements in paragraph 
5

6

2; 

5. 

Squawk 1200 if VFR and equipped with a 

transponder; and 

6. 

Comply with all applicable U.S. CBP 

requirements, including Advance Passenger Infor-
mation System (APIS) requirements (see 
subparagraph 5

6

5c below for CBP APIS informa-

tion), in accordance with 19 CFR Part 122, 

Air 

Commerce Regulations

c.  CBP APIS Information.

 Information about 

U.S. CBP APIS requirements is available at 
http://www.cbp.gov. 

5

6

6.  Civil Aircraft Operations Within U.S. 

Territorial Airspace 

a. 

Civil aircraft with a maximum certificated 

takeoff gross weight less than or equal to 100,309 
pounds (45,500 kgs) are authorized to operate within 
U.S. territorial airspace in accordance with all 
applicable regulations and VFR in airport traffic 
pattern areas of U.S. airports near the U.S. border, 
except for those described in subparagraph 5

6

6b 

below. 

b. 

Civil aircraft with a maximum certificated 

takeoff gross weight less than or equal to 100,309 
pounds (45,500 kgs) and registered in a U.S. State 
Department

designated special interest country or 

operating with the ICAO 3LD of a company in a 
country listed as a U.S. State Department

designated 

special interest country, unless the operator holds 
valid FAA Part 129 operations specifications, must 
operate within U.S. territorial airspace in accordance 
with the same requirements as civil aircraft with a 

maximum certificated takeoff gross weight greater 
than 100,309 pounds (45,500 kgs), as described in 
subparagraph 5

6

6c below. 

c. 

Civil aircraft with a maximum certificated 

takeoff gross weight greater than 100,309 pounds 
(45,500 kgs) are authorized to operate within U.S. 
territorial airspace if in compliance with all of the 
following conditions: 

1. 

File and are on an active flight plan (IFR or 

VFR); 

2. 

Equipped with an operational transponder 

with altitude reporting capability, and continuously 
squawk an ATC assigned transponder code; 

3. 

Equipped with an operational ADS

B Out 

when operating in airspace specified in 
14 CFR 91.225; 

4. 

Maintain two

way radio communications 

with ATC; 

5. 

Aircraft not registered in the U.S. must 

operate under an approved Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA) aviation security program (see 
paragraph 5

6

10 for TSA aviation security program 

information) or in accordance with an FAA/TSA 
airspace waiver (see paragraph 5

6

9 for FAA/TSA 

airspace waiver information), except as authorized in 
5

6

6c6. below; 

6. 

Are in receipt of, and are operating in 

accordance with an FAA routing authorization and an 
FAA/TSA airspace waiver if the aircraft is registered 
in a U.S. State Department

designated special 

interest country or is operating with the ICAO 3LD of 
a company in a country listed as a U.S. State 
Department

designated special interest country, 

unless the operator holds valid FAA Part 129 
operations specifications. VFR and DVFR flight 
operations are prohibited for any aircraft requiring an 
FAA routing authorization. (See paragraph 5

6

11 

for FAA routing authorization information.); and 

7. 

Aircraft not registered in the U.S., when 

conducting post

maintenance, manufacturer, pro-

duction, or acceptance flight test operations, are 
exempt from the requirements in 5

6

6c4 above if all 

of the following requirements are met: 

(a) 

A U.S. company must have operational 

control of the aircraft; 

(b) 

An FAA

certificated pilot must serve as 

pilot in command; 

5

6

National Security and Interception Procedures