coordinating altitude


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coordinating altitude

A procedural airspace control method to separate fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft by determining an altitude below which fixed-wing aircraft will normally not fly and above which rotary-wing aircraft normally will not fly. The coordinating altitude is normally specified in the airspace control plan and may include a buffer zone for small altitude deviations.
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Historically the JFACC (or CAOC) has little situational awareness of air operations below the coordinating altitude or inside the ROZs.
Others similarly argue that air-breathing ISR platforms operating at altitudes above the coordinating altitude in support of ground operations are also an Air Force mission.
Closure of the required CAS/AI grid box quadrant(s) and the coordinating altitude further deconflict the airspace.

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