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FAA issues revised notam on TFRs around downtown ChicagoFAA issues revised notam on TFRs around downtown Chicago

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Culminating the efforts of AOPA, the city of Chicago, and the FAA Great Lakes Region Air Traffic office, a revised notam has been issued regarding temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) over downtown Chicago. To address the concerns of local pilots, the updated TFR frees up airspace to the southwest of Meigs Class D airspace and allows pilots to navigate around Midway Class C airspace enroute to and from Meigs airport and along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The TFR also follows several commonly used VFR landmarks that local pilots have used for decades when flying near downtown Chicago. The TFR does not cover the Navy Pier, a common reference point for VFR pilots landing at Meigs. "The purpose of the updated TFR area is a temporary means to address public perception while allowing the city adequate time to educate the public regarding commonly used general aviation routes through downtown Chicago," says Melissa Bailey, vice president of Air Traffic Services. "Once educational efforts have been made, AOPA anticipates the temporary flight restrictions will be eliminated."

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