Glossary of Airline Terminology

Special Use Airspace (SUA)

A part of airspace that is reserved for flight operations that are not in a normal category. The aircraft participating in the SUA activities are separated from other controlled traffic by the boundaries of the SUA airspace. In some cases, nonparticipating aircraft may enter SUA, but have limitations imposed on their operations. Generally, SUA is used for military activity, but civilians use such airspace to test new aircraft. The space program is also a large user of SUA.

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