TFR near Puerto Rico enables UAS relief flights
The FAA has activated a temporary flight restriction (TFR) off the coast of Puerto Rico Jan. 26 to 31 to allow an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) on relief flights to transition to the Class A airspace over Haiti.
When a Predator UAS is taking off and landing at Rafael Hernandez Airport, there will be disruption in normal air traffic services lasting from 15 to 25 minutes. The TFR area covers a 3-nautical-mile radius just outside of the airport’s Class E transition area and stretches from 3,000 to 18,000 ft msl. During the TFR, pilots will need to squawk a discrete beacon code and maintain two-way radio contact with air traffic control in that airspace or else navigate beneath the TFR. Pilots will be able to transition through the TFR as long as they “squawk and talk.”
January 25, 2010