Large TFRs over MD, DE, VA on Saturday

October 18, 2007

Large TFRs over MD, DE, VA on Saturday

By AOPA ePublishing staff

If you're planning to fly anywhere in Maryland this weekend, CHECK NOTAMS. President Bush will be making two stops in the state on Saturday, Oct. 20. In response, the FAA has issued two 30-nautical-mile-radius temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for Saturday that will cover much of the state and extend into Delaware and Virginia.

While both TFRs are in effect, virtually half of Maryland's airspace will be restricted from the surface up to Flight Level 180.

Laurel, Md.

The first 30-nm-radius TFR will be over Laurel, Md., encompassing the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas.

It will extend beyond the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and the Baltimore/Washington Class B airspace, from just east of Frederick Municipal Airport to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The TFR also creeps into Northern Virginia airspace.

  • TFR effective time: 7:35 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. local on Saturday

Also, a 10-nm GA no-fly zone will be in effect within the larger TFR during this time frame.

St. Michaels, Md.

The second 30-nm-radius TFR will be over St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The TFR will extend from the Washington, D.C., area to Delaware, encompassing the Chesapeake and Eastern bays. This is in addition to the standing 1-nm-radius TFR that has been over St. Michaels.

  • TFR effective time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. local on Saturday

Multiple 7-nm GA no-fly zones will be within the larger TFR during this time frame.

AOPA cautions pilots to check notams through DUAT/DUATS and to specifically request presidential TFR notams during all flight service briefings. AOPA is not an official source of TFRs.

October 18, 2007