August 23, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA has issued a flight advisory notifying pilots of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that will be in effect Aug. 26 to 30 associated with the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Pilots should review the flight advisory before planning a flight, and check notices to airmen frequently for changes that may take effect on extremely short notice.
The flight advisory describes the extent and effective times of TFR airspace, and provides guidance and the location of screening sites for flights requiring gateway screening for access to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport on Aug. 26, and Tampa International and Tampa Executive airports Aug. 27 to30 during the active TFR times.
All aircraft requiring security screening at a gateway airport must be registered by telephone with the Transportation Security Administration at least 24 hours before a proposed flight.
“Pilots should carefully review all information pertaining to the TFRs and access procedures well in advance of a trip to the Tampa area between Aug. 26 and Aug. 30,” said Tom Zecha, AOPA manager of aviation security. “Just prior to any departure, pilots should check with flight service, or update with DUAT/DUATS for any changes to the TFRs.”
AOPA continues to work with the FAA, the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Secret Service to reduce the economic impact of TFRs on general aviation and provide greater GA access to TFR airspace when necessary. Industry efforts in cooperation with security officials have resulted in considerable recent progress to achieve improved GA access, Zecha said.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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