Pilots operating in east-central Georgia need to pay extra attention to notams on Friday, June 20. The FAA has published a notam establishing a 30-nm-radius temporary flight restriction (TFR) for President Bush's trip to Greensboro, Ga. It extends up to but not including 18,000 feet. The TFR is centered over the town of Greensboro, Ga., 23.4 nm from the Athens (AHN) VOR on the 162 radial, and will be in effect from 1720 local until 2010 local on June 20, 2003.
All aircraft operations within a 0-10 nm radius are prohibited, except as described in the notam.
Aircraft operating within a 10-30 nm radius must be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan, must be in constant radio contact with air traffic control (ATC), and must be transmitting a discrete ATC-assigned transponder code. All aircraft operations are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields, but ATC may authorize transit operations. Aircraft may not loiter.
Greene County Regional Airport (3J7) falls within the 0-10 nm ring and will effectively be closed to general aviation traffic for the duration of the TFR.
Madison Municipal (52A), Washington-Wilkes County (IIY), Athens/Ben Epps (AHN), Baldwin County (MLJ), and Monroe-Walton County (D73) airports all fall within the 10-30 nm ring and will need to follow the flight plan/"squawk-and-talk" rules outlined in the notam.