August 20, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Similar to the Democratic National Convention, the FAA has issued notams for large, presidential-like temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for the Republican Convention, from Sept. 1 through 4 in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Pilots should note that there are additional security requirements for accessing Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP) and St. Paul Downtown Holman Field (STP) while the TFRs are active. Pilots need to apply for a waiver at least 96 hours in advance and operate from a specified gateway airport. Transportation Security Administration screening will be required prior to departing any of the gateway airports for either MSP or STP.
The Continental U.S. NORAD (CONR) Region is partnering with the U.S. Secret Service and the FAA to help reduce airspace violations. Public and private airports within 100 miles of the convention sites will display CONR posters, reminding pilots of the TFRs. CONR fighters will also be on alert during that period for enforcement duties.
Because TFR airspace frequently changes, AOPA strongly encourages pilots to obtain a briefing and check notams before every flight. TFR violators will be intercepted and forced to land.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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