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1/30/20 

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). 

e. 

Civil aircraft registered in the U.S., Canada, or 

Mexico with a maximum certificated takeoff gross 
weight of 100,309 pounds (45,500 kgs) or less that are 
operating without an operational transponder and/or 
the ability to maintain two

way radio communica-

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

1. 

Enter and exit U.S. territorial airspace over 

Alaska north of the fifty

fourth parallel; 

2. 

File and are on an active flight plan; 

3. 

Squawk 1200 if VFR and equipped with a 

transponder. 

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

6

8.  Foreign State Aircraft Operations 

a. 

Foreign state aircraft are authorized to operate 

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

1. 

File and are on an active IFR flight plan; 

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. 

b.  Diplomatic Clearances.

 Foreign state aircraft 

may operate to or from, within, or in transit of U.S. 
territorial airspace only when authorized by the U.S. 
State Department by means of a diplomatic 

clearance, except as described in subparagraph 
5

6

8h below. 

1. 

Information about diplomatic clearances is 

available at the U.S. State Department website 
https://www.state.gov/diplomatic

aircraft

clear-

ance

procedures

for

foreign

state

aircraft

to

ope 

rate

in

united

states

national

airspace/ (lower 

case only). 

2. 

A diplomatic clearance may be initiated by 

contacting the U.S. State Department via email at 
DCAS@state.gov or via phone at (202) 453

8390. 

NOTE

 

A diplomatic clearance is not required for foreign state 
aircraft operations that transit U.S. controlled oceanic 
airspace but do not enter U.S. territorial airspace. (See 
subparagraph 5

6

8d for flight plan information.) 

c. 

An FAA routing authorization for state aircraft 

operations of special interest countries listed in 
subparagraph 5

6

11b. is required before the U.S. 

State Department will issue a diplomatic clearance 
for such operations. (See subparagraph 5

6

11 for 

FAA routing authorizations information). 

d. 

Foreign state aircraft operating with a diplomat-

ic clearance must navigate U.S. territorial airspace on 
an active IFR flight plan, unless specifically 
approved for VFR flight operations by the U.S. State 
Department in the diplomatic clearance. 

NOTE

 

Foreign state aircraft operations to or from, within, or 
transiting U.S. territorial airspace; or transiting any U.S. 
controlled oceanic airspace, should enter ICAO code M in 
Item 8 of the flight plan to assist in identification of the 
aircraft as a state aircraft. 

e. 

A foreign aircraft that operates to or from, 

within, or in transit of U.S. territorial airspace while 
conducting a state aircraft operation is not authorized 
to change its status as a state aircraft during any 
portion of the approved, diplomatically cleared 
itinerary. 

f. 

A foreign aircraft described in subparagraph 

5

6

8e above may operate from or within U.S. 

territorial airspace as a civil aircraft operation, once 
it has completed its approved, diplomatically cleared 
itinerary, if the aircraft operator is: 

1. 

A foreign air carrier that holds valid FAA Part 

129 operations specifications; and 

2. 

Is in compliance with all other requirements 

applied to foreign civil aircraft operations from or 

5

6

National Security and Interception Procedures