10-4-1. TRACK/ANCHOR PROPOSALS
Proposals for establishing refueling tracks or anchors shall
be submitted in the format and with the data depicted in FIG
10-4-1 to the appropriate ARTCC/CERAP with a copy to the appropriate
regional military representative. In those airspace areas not under
the direct jurisdiction of FAA, the theater command headquarters shall
develop procedures for coordination and approval of proposed tracks and
a. The ARTCC which received the request for
establishment of an aerial refueling track or anchor shall assume the
responsibility for FAA internal coordination, as necessary.
b. In areas not under FAA jurisdiction, the theater
command headquarters which received the request for establishment of the
track/anchor shall assume the responsibility for ensuring that necessary
diplomatic coordination is completed prior to publication/use.
c. In the event the proposed track/anchor lies
within special use airspace (SUA) or ATC assigned airspace (ATCAA), the
using agency shall provide assurances, in writing, that air refueling
operations will not conflict with other activities being
conducted. Correspondence accompanying the initial proposal for
refueling track/anchor shall include the written assurance.
10-4-3. CRITERIA FOR ESTABLISHMENT
a. Aerial refueling tracks may be established for
use in either direction in sufficient length to satisfy the mission
b. Parallel tracks may be established provided a
minimum of 30 NM exist between track centerlines.
c. Tracks/anchors may be established coincident
with, parallel to, or across airways/jet routes as considered
appropriate by the ATC facility.
d. Tracks/anchors shall be defined in relation to
NAVAID's by degree-distance reference or by geographical coordinates.
e. Where anchors are established inside SUA or
ATCAA's, entry and exit points shall be located on the boundary of the
SUA or ATCAA for use as transfer of flight data information points,
unless alternate entry and exit points are authorized by ATC.
If activation of the ATCAA or SUA is
desired for refueling operations, a request shall accompany the initial
request for air refueling operations.
f. The scheduling agency for the ATCAA shall ensure
that pilots comply with the procedures in the LOA.
g. The receiver entry point (track/anchor) will be
h. The tanker entry point (track/anchor) will be
the ARCP/anchor point and should be located to permit direct routing.
i. The following is guidance for establishing
simultaneous opposite direction aerial refueling (SODAR):
1. Simultaneous refueling in opposite direction
may be authorized between single AR tracks, which are vertically
separated by a minimum of 2,000 feet between altitude blocks.
2. If it becomes necessary to assign SODAR
aircraft altitude blocks which are outside the vertical limits of the
AR tracks, controllers shall ensure a vertical separation minimum of
2,000 feet between assigned altitude blocks.
3. The SODAR procedure is not intended to apply
to all refueling tracks (due to airspace configuration, traffic
volume, etc.), however, ARTCC/CERAP's are expected to evaluate
existing tracks for applicability upon user request.
4. If an existing single AR track qualifies for
SODAR, it may be split into two separate tracks, or a new track may be
created directly above or directly below the existing track. In
either case, the tracks shall be vertically separated by 2,000 feet
and each track shall be designated by a separate number.
5. Each published track description shall contain
in remarks that it is authorized for simultaneous opposite direction
aerial refueling (i.e., "SODAR authorized with AR___").
6. SODAR tracks should be established for
bi-directional use to permit course reversals without requiring
10-4-4. APPROVAL NOTIFICATION
a. After receiving all impacted ARTCC/CERAP's
concurrence of an aerial refueling track or anchor, the ARTCC/CERAP in
which the AR track is initiated shall forward the Aerial Refueling
Track/Anchor Proposal (See FIG
10-4-1), including all information required in FIG 10-4-1 and any
other pertinent information to the regional AT division and military
b. In areas not directly under FAA jurisdiction,
the theater command headquarters may, after final coordination and
approval, forward the information required by paragraph 10-4-5
directly to National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA)
St. Louis for
10-4-5. PUBLICATION IN
After final coordination the military representative
assigned to the FAA regional office shall forward the following
information to NIMA for publication:
a. For tracks:
1. Number - The originator of the track/anchor
shall obtain a route designator for use during coordination from
Stop L-27, 3200 South 2nd Street, St. Louis AFS,
by letter, message (NIMA, St. Louis AFS, MO/MCBB),
(DSN 693-4636 or commercial 314-263-4636) or FAX
(DSN 693-4997 or commercial 314-263-4997). The number in the
designator provided by NIMA will be prefixed by an "X";
AR-X100, to indicate the number to be used for coordination
purposes only. The prefix "X" will be deleted when published in
2. ARIP - Degree-distance and coordinate values.
3. ARCP - Degree-distance and coordinate values.
4. Navigation check points - Degree-distance and
5. Exit point - Degree-distance and coordinate
6. Communications/Rendezvous Plan - Obtained from
HQ AMC TACC/SCOX (DSN 576-3134) by regional military representative if
7. Refueling altitudes.
8. Scheduling unit.
9. Assigned ATC facility.
10. Remarks including the list of coordination
b. For anchors:
1. Number - Same procedures as in subparagraph
2. Description of anchor area - Coordinates.
3. Entry point(s) - Degree-distance and
4. ARIP(s) - Degree-distance and coordinate
5. Exit - Degree-distance and coordinate values.
6. Anchor pattern (four turn points) -
Degree-distance and coordinate values.
7. Exit point(s) - Degree-distance and coordinate
8. Communications/Rendezvous Plan - Obtained from
HQ AMC TACC/SCOX (DSN 576-3134) by regional military representative if
9. Military radar call sign and MHz frequencies.
10. Refueling altitudes.
11. Scheduling unit.
12. Assigned ATC facility.
13. Operational time.
14. Remarks, including anchor point, inbound
course, pattern width, pattern length, and the list of
15. State whether ATCAA is associated with anchor
and list the scheduling agency for the ATCAA.
10-4-6. MILITARY REGIONAL
a. Assure that all appropriate DOD and FAA
coordination has been accomplished.
b. Obtain a Communications Rendezvous Plan (C/R
Plan) from HQ AMC TACC/SCOX (DSN 576-3134), if necessary, and submit the
information required in paragraph 10-4-5
to NIMA. The USN regional representative shall submit data to
Naval Flight Information Group, Washington Navy Yard, Bldg. 176, 901 M
Street S.E., Washington, DC 20374-5088.
c. Maintain a master list of all current refueling
tracks and anchors (both published and special) that fall within this
area of responsibility, scheduling units, and assigned ATC facilities.
d. Ensure that the concerned ATC facilities are
aware of the effective date of the track or anchor and any revisions
a. Assign track and anchor numbers and provide them
to the originator upon request. Each published track or anchor
shall be identified by the prefix "AR" followed by a number.
Numbers shall be assigned consecutively in their particular group.
b. Should the track or anchor be outside Class A
airspace areas, submit the
following information directly to FAA
National Flight Data Center, (NFDC),
800 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, DC 20591, for publication on appropriate charts (by NOS) and
assume responsibility for updating it as necessary.
1. Designated track or anchor number.
2. Geographical location of the track or anchor
degree-distance definitions or geographical
3. Location (State).
4. Track beginning.
5. Track end.
Alaskan information shall be
submitted for inclusion in
U.S. Government FLIP Supplement,
10-4-8. EFFECTIVE DATE
Refueling tracks and anchors and revisions thereto shall be
effective upon the date of the DOD Flight Planning (FLIP) document
10-4-9. REVISIONS TO
Revisions shall be processed in the same manner as new