April 30, 2012
By Alyssa J. Miller
The FAA has issued a flight advisory alerting pilots that a temporary flight restriction (TFR) will be in effect May 19 through 21 over Chicago for a NATO Summit. The 30-nautical-mile-radius TFR will have an inner 10-nm-radius no-fly zone, both extending from the surface up to 17,999 feet msl.
The FAA has not yet released the exact location of the TFR, but it is expected to be over central Chicago.
Flight will be permitted between the 10-nm and 30-nm rings of the TFR as long as the pilot receives authorization from ATC, is on an active IFR or VFR flight plan with a discrete transponder code, and remains in two-way radio communication with controllers, among other requirements. During the TFR’s effective time, all flight training; practice instrument approaches; aerobatic flight; and glider, seaplane, parachute, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon, agriculture, banner owing, animal population control, utility and pipeline survey, and model aircraft operations will be prohibited. In addition, maintenance test flights, model rocketry, and unmanned aircraft systems will be grounded.
Pilots should check notams before flight because the TFR could change with little or no notice.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
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