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(c) 

Only crewmembers are permitted onboard 

the aircraft; and 

(d) 

“Maintenance Flight” is included in the 

remarks section of the flight plan. 

5

6

7.  Civil Aircraft Operations Transiting 

U.S. Territorial Airspace 

a. 

Civil aircraft (except those operating in 

accordance with subparagraphs 5

6

7b, 5

6

7c, 

5

6

7d, and 5

6

7e) are authorized to transit U.S. 

territorial airspace if in compliance with all of the 
following conditions: 

1. 

File and are on an active flight plan (IFR, 

VFR, or DVFR); 

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. 

Comply with all other applicable ADIZ 

requirements described in paragraph 5

6

4 and any 

other national security requirements in paragraph 
5

6

2; 

6. 

Are operating under an approved TSA 

aviation security program (see paragraph 5

6

10 for 

TSA aviation security program information) or are 
operating with and in accordance with an FAA/TSA 
airspace waiver (see paragraph 5

6

9 for FAA/TSA 

airspace waiver information), if: 

(a) 

The aircraft is not registered in the U.S.; or 

(b) 

The aircraft is registered in the U.S. and its 

maximum takeoff gross weight is greater than 
100,309 pounds (45,500 kgs); 

7. 

Are in receipt of, and are operating in 

accordance with, an FAA routing authorization if the 
aircraft is registered in a U.S. State Department

des-

ignated 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.) 

b. 

Civil aircraft registered in Canada or Mexico, 

and engaged in operations for the purposes of air 
ambulance, firefighting, law enforcement, search and 
rescue, or emergency evacuation are authorized to 
transit U.S. territorial airspace within 50 NM of their 
respective borders with the U.S., with or without an 
active flight plan, provided they have received and 
continuously transmit an ATC

assigned transponder 

code. 

c. 

Civil aircraft registered in Canada, Mexico, 

Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, or the British 
Virgin Islands with a maximum certificated takeoff 
gross weight of 100,309 pounds (45,500 kgs) or less 
are authorized to transit U.S. territorial airspace if in 
compliance with all of the following conditions: 

1. 

File and are on an active flight plan (IFR, 

VFR, or DVFR) that enters U.S. territorial airspace 
directly from any of the countries listed in this 
subparagraph 5

6

7c. Flights that include a stop in a 

non

listed  country prior to entering U.S. territorial 

airspace must comply with the requirements 
prescribed by subparagraph 5

6

7a above, including 

operating under an approved TSA aviation security 
program (see paragraph 5

6

10 for TSA aviation 

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

6

9 for FAA/TSA airspace waiver 

information). 

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; and 

5. 

Comply with all other applicable ADIZ 

requirements described in paragraph 5

6

4 and any 

other national security requirements in paragraph 
5

6

2. 

d. 

Civil aircraft registered in Canada, Mexico, 

Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, or the British 
Virgin Islands with a maximum certificated takeoff 
gross weight greater than 100,309 pounds 
(45,500 kgs) must comply with the requirements 
subparagraph 5

6

7a, including operating under an 

National Security and Interception Procedures 

5

6