Meeting at Pentagon contributes to further reduction in Puget Sound TFRs
This image from AOPA's Real Time
Flight Planner shows the reduced
size of the Bangor (Washington) TFR.
Mar. 16, 2004 Following a meeting between AOPA President Phil Boyer and high-ranking U.S. Navy officials that helped define concerns on both sides of the issue and correct some original mistakes, the FAA has reduced the size of two security-related temporary flight restrictions in the Puget Sound area of Washington State.
"Rear Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, the Navy's director of Air Warfare, made clear that the Navy considers all four areas in the Puget Sound highly sensitive and unique and will continue to demand TFRs over them," said Boyer. "At the same time we were able to lay out the impacts these TFRS have on civilian pilots."
AOPA has worked closely with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), as well as representatives Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash.), to remove or at the very least minimize the impact of the security-related TFRs imposed in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Relying on information and advocacy efforts by local pilots, the association has also made the case at the highest levels of the Navy, including the chief of Naval Operations.
Near Bangor, Wash., the FAA has moved the southern boundary of the TFR northward, easing its impact on the Apex Airpark (WA05). And at Port Townsend, the TFR's southwestern edge moves northeast, lessening its impact on Jefferson County International Airport (0S9).
The Puget Sound TFRs are only four of 13 security-related TFRs spread across the country, but because of their close proximity to each other, they've had a disproportionate impact on general aviation in the Seattle/Puget Sound area.