February 20, 2002
AOPA is asking the FAA to remove four temporary flight restriction areas (TFRs) in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. These TFRs have created significant impediments to civilian air traffic in the Seattle area.
"The four TFRs affect operations at public and private airports hosting more than 200,000 general aviation operations a year," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "While we recognize that national security has become a major element of airspace management, similar restrictions have been lifted in other parts of the country."
In a letter to FAA air traffic officials, AOPA said that the TFRs hampered VFR arrivals and departures at five area airports and seaplane bases, impacted three Victor airways and an ILS approach, and disrupted VFR transient traffic through the region.
"TFRs have become a convenient and all too common response that subject pilots to longer flight times, reduced access, and increased risk of enforcement action," AOPA said. "The FAA should carefully balance true security needs against the needs of all law-abiding pilots."
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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