January 15, 2009
AOPA ePublishing staff
Pre-inaugural TFR. Click picture for larger image.
Three large TFRs over Philadelphia; Wilmington, Del.; and Baltimore, Md., are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Jan. 17 pre-inaugural events. Each will have a 10-nautical mile inner ring and 30-nautical mile outer ring, and will extend from the ground to 17,999 feet. To minimize the impact, these TFRs will be activated consecutively, with no overlap. The FAA also will set up corridor TFRs along the train route that the President-elect and other VIPs will travel.
Also during the weekend, President Bush is expected to travel to Camp David, creating additional flight restrictions, and on Sunday, Jan. 18, most waivers for the Washington FRZ will be suspended for pre-inauguration activities.
During the Jan. 20 inauguration itself, the entire Washington ADIZ will become a no-fly zone and pilots are strongly urged to remain well clear of the airspace.
Pilots who violate inauguration-related airspace restrictions are likely to be intercepted and face civil or criminal penalties as well as certificate suspension. For more information about airspace restrictions and flying in for the inauguration, see the FAA’s notams and AOPA’s online planning page.
FAA Systems and Airspace,
Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934.
NextGen was intended to improve access and efficiency in the nation’s busiest airspace. But two new RNAV terminal routes proposed west of Washington, D.C.’s, Class B airspace do just the opposite.
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