The FAA late Wednesday night issued notams for Thursday's temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for President Bush's visits to Philadelphia and Detroit. Philadelphia involves two TFRs that will overlap in time and airspace, for a time cutting an 80-nm-wide swath through some of the most heavily used airspace in the country.
The FAA has given pilots barely 12 hours' notice in each city. "Because they were issued so late, flight service stations would not have known to warn pilots who did their flight planning at the end of the business day on Wednesday about the restrictions," said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Melissa Bailey. "That's just not acceptable."