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Explanation of NYC TFRs as established on FridayExplanation of NYC TFRs as established on Friday

The following is a "plain language" explanation of the three notams issued by the FAA Friday (11/9/01) establishing several temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) over the weekend and one TFR through next Friday (11/16/01). Although these summaries reproduce the information into a more readable format, pilots are strongly urged to carefully consult their aeronautical charts before flight to ensure that their operations are conducted in accordance with these TFRs.

Pilots are reminded that in addition to these new TFRs, previous restrictions apply as well. This includes a ban on FAR Part 91 operations within an 18-nautical-mile radius of the JFK VOR from the surface to infinity. Additional restrictions limit operations to IFR except for some VFR flight training (see below for important details). Pilots should familiarize themselves with all information just prior to flight and make every effort to strictly adhere to ATC instruction.

TFR Notam 1: 1/2278

Aircraft flight operations are prohibited within the following airspace area unless otherwise authorized by ATC.

On Saturday (11/10/01), the following TFRs are in effect during the times posted for the following locations.

  • From 0830 (local) to 0840, a 3-nautical-mile radius up to 3,000 feet agl of the following coordinates: 403801N/734620W (radial and distance information missing).
  • From 0900 (local) to 0910, a 3-nautical-mile radius up to 3,000 feet agl of the following coordinates: 404204N/740033W or, in other terms, the JFK VOR on the 303 degree radial at centered at 11.6 miles.

On Sunday (11/11/01), the following TFRs are in effect during the times posted for the following locations.

  • From 1325 (local) until 1410, a 1.5-nautical-mile radius up to 1,500 feet agl of the following coordinates: 404630N/735638W or, in other terms, the JFK VOR on the 329 degree radial centered at 11.6 miles.
  • From 1325 (local) until 1445, a 3.0-nautical-mile radius up to 3,000 feet agl of the following coordinates: 404204N/740033W or, in other terms, the JFK VOR on the 303 degree radial centered at 11.6 miles.
  • From 1445 (local) until 1500, a 3.0-nautical-mile radius up to 3,000 feet agl of the following coordinates: 403801N/734620W (radial and distance information missing).

TFR Notam 2: 1/2293

Aircraft flight operations are prohibited within the following airspace area unless otherwise authorized by ATC.

  • On Sunday (11/11/01) from 0700 (local) to 1600, a 2.5-nautical-mile radius below FL180 of the following coordinates: 404457N/735758W or, in other terms, the JFK VOR 320 degree radial at 11.3 miles.

Aircraft not restricted are military, law enforcement, and emergency support aircraft in direct support. Any New York City TFR waivers issued prior to 11/9/01 are suspended during the effective times of this notam.

TFR Notam 3: 1/2294

Aircraft flight operations are prohibited within the following airspace area unless otherwise authorized by ATC.

  • From 1600 (local) on Sunday (11/11/01) to 2000 on Friday (11/16/01), a 2.5-nautical-mile radius below FL180 of the following coordinates: 404457N/735758W or, in other terms, the JFK VOR 320 degree radial at 11.3 miles.

Aircraft not restricted include military, law enforcement, and emergency support aircraft in direct support. Additionally, the 30th and 34th Street helo pads are exempt from this TFR.

Other ongoing restrictions affecting New York, New York

No title 14 Part 91 flight operations are permitted within an 18-nm radius of the Kennedy (JFK) VOR/DME, from the surface to infinity. Part 91 operations are permitted only in that area between the 18-nm radius of the JFK VOR/DME and the 25-nm radius of the JFK VOR/DME, including the Republic and the Teterboro Class D airspace areas from the surface to infinity, subject to the following restrictions:

  • All operations must be in accordance with all applicable regulations and notices to airmen.
  • IFR flight plans must be filed no less than one hour prior to the proposed departure time.
  • Aircraft operating at airports with an operating airport traffic control tower shall follow ATC instructions and any established arrival/departure procedures.
  • Aircraft operating at airports without an operating airport traffic control tower shall obtain an ATC clearance and release time prior to departure. Aircraft shall follow arrival and departure instructions as assigned by ATC.
  • All operations must be conducted under IFR throughout the flight, except that VFR flight training operations are authorized for single-engine non-turbo jet-powered and rotor-driven piston-powered aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff gross weight of 4,000 pounds or less.

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