Interim Class B Airspace Procedures in Effect at PHL
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

For years PHL has been working to redesign their outdated Class B airspace. However, due to the lengthy process changes to Class B that are involved, controllers continue to be adversely impacted. When ATSAP was implemented, PHL controllers began reporting the safety issues associated with their outdated Class B airspace, and based on those reports, the Event Review Committee (ERC) issued an ATSAP Information Request (AIR) to ATO and NATCA requesting information to supplement/support the ATSAP reports the ERC had already received. The ERC received the additional information from both ATO and NATCA in the response to the AIR, and as a result, issued a Corrective Action Request (CAR) asking that ATO Terminal take steps to address the identified safety issues in the CAR in August 2010.

As a result of the CAR, ATO Terminal, ATO Safety and NATCA discussed many different alternatives and ideas to help ease the impact on the PHL controllers. Beginning Friday, May 6, 2011, after eight months of discussions and coordination within ATO and NATCA, the mitigation agreed to provides controllers the much needed relief that they have been asking for while the Class B redesign effort continues. The attached waiver details these procedures that will be in effect at PHL, which basically allows utilization of the ATIS and NOTAMs system to notify aircrews where they will be entering and exiting the PHL Class B airspace.

Thanks to all those that put in the many hours to make this a reality, especially Philadelphia's own Dennis Kelly.