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Bowl season reminder: Avoid the airspace over sports stadiumsBowl season reminder: Avoid the airspace over sports stadiums

As the nation enters the season of college "bowl" games, AOPA reminds pilots that the FAA is still enforcing a blanket restriction that prohibits all aircraft operations within a 3-nm radius and up to 3,000 feet feet agl over major professional and collegiate sporting events. In addition to this general restriction, the FAA is also issuing additional event-specific notam restrictions.

A good example of this is the FAA's Rose Bowl notam issued last week, which outlines additional flight prohibitions for the event. "Just because most of our flight privileges have been restored, it doesn't mean pilots should assume security is no longer an issue," according to AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Pilots must operate responsibly if they want to continue to enjoy their right to fly. Avoiding any open-air assembly of people by at least 3 nautical miles and 3,000 feet agl is the right thing to do," said Boyer.

AOPA reminds pilots to check notams prior to flying.

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