The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this afternoon issued a notice that no waivers to notam 1/3353 (prohibiting flight near major sporting events) will be granted as long as the country remains under terrorist threat condition level orange.
TSA did make exceptions for Department of Defense, law enforcement, and aeromedical flights, along with flights essential to the safe operation of the sporting event.
That means that no aerial advertising flights (banner towers), nor news or traffic reporting aircraft will be permitted close to major sporting events. It also means that TSA will not allow VIPs and event participants to be helicoptered into the stadium or race track.
"In the short term, this continues to be bad news for those whose waivers were revoked," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of government and technical affairs. "But it now appears that TSA is beginning to understand the problems with notam 1/3353 and is moving toward making it more limited and specific, as AOPA has been pushing for."