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New prohibited area over Bush Texas ranchNew prohibited area over Bush Texas ranch

The Secret Service has asked FAA to establish a new prohibited area over President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, west of Waco. P-49 will become effective May 17. It will extend from the surface up to 5,000 feet for a three-nautical-mile radius from the President's Texas residence. A portion of the V358 airway will also be moved about four miles north to avoid the new prohibited area.

AOPA met with both FAA and the Secret Service to discuss the need for the new airspace.

Prohibited areas over presidential homes are common. There are permanent prohibited areas protecting the White House and Camp David. The prohibited area surrounding former President George Bush's vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, remains in effect because President George W. Bush is expected to visit there.

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