Pilots operating in central and southern California and in Texas need to pay extra attention to notams Friday-Monday, June 27-30. The FAA has published notams establishing 30-nm-radius temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) for President Bush's trip to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and his ranch in Crawford, Texas. They extend up to but not including 18,000 feet.
The San Francisco TFR is centered essentially on San Francisco International Airport, 0.9 nm from the San Francisco (SFO) VOR on the 161 radial, and will be in effect from 1100 local until 1400 local on Friday, June 27, 2003.
The Los Angeles TFR is centered near the UCLA campus, 7.6 nm from the Los Angeles (LAX) VOR on the 351 radial, and will be in effect from 1415 local until 2100 local on Friday, June 27, 2003.
The Crawford TFR follows what has become its usual pattern, center 14.4 nm from the Waco (ACT) VOR on the 241 radial, and will be in effect from 0100 local on Saturday, June 28, until 0900 local on Monday, June 30.
In San Francisco, all aircraft operations within a 0-7 nm radius are prohibited, except as described in the notam. In Los Angeles, all aircraft operations within a 0-8 nm radius are prohibited, except as described in the notam. In Crawford, the no-fly zone is a 0-10 nm radius as has become usual.
Aircraft operating within a 7-30 nm radius (San Francisco), 8-30 nm radius (Los Angeles), or 10-30 nm radius (Crawford) 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.
AOPA continues to lobby for more reasonably sized presidential-movement TFRs, absent a specific and credible threat. The association maintains almost daily contact with the FAA, the Transportation Security Administration, and security officials responsible for the President's security.
In the San Francisco TFR area, only San Francisco International Airport falls within the 0-7 nm ring, effectively closing it to GA traffic.
In the Los Angeles TFR area, Santa Monica Municipal (SMO) and Los Angeles International (LAX) fall within the 0-8 nm ring and will effectively be closed to general aviation traffic for the duration of the TFR.
In San Francisco, San Carlos (SQL), Half Moon Bay (HAF), Metropolitan Oakland (OAK), Hayward Executive (HWD), Palo Alto (PAO), Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC), Livermore Municipal (LVK), and Buchanan Field (CCR) airports all fall within the 7-30 nm ring and will need to follow the flight plan/squawk-and-talk rules outlined in the notam.
In addition, operations at Reid-Hillview (RHV) airport, which is less than 1 nm outside of the San Francisco TFR, will be impacted.
In Los Angeles, Jack Northrup Field/Hawthorne Municipal (HHR), Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena (BUR), Van Nuys (VNY), Whiteman (WHP), Compton/Woodley (CPM), Zamperini Field (TOA), El Monte (EMT), Long Beach/Daugherty Field (LGB), Fullerton Municipal (FUL), and Agua Dulce Airpark (L70) 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.