Pilots operating in Texas and in central and southern Florida need to pay extra attention to notams Saturday through Monday, June 28-30. The FAA has published notams establishing a 30-nm-radius temporary flight restriction (TFR) for President Bush's trip to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and Miami and Tampa, Florida. In addition, an existing TFR will remain in effect over Los Angeles until 2100 local on Friday, June 27. They extend up to but not including 18,000 feet.
The Crawford TFR follows what has become the usual form. It is centered 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.
The Miami TFR is centered near the Orange Bowl stadium, 7.9 nm from the Dolphin (DHP) VOR on the 099 radial, and will be in effect from 1120 local until 1430 local on Monday, June 30.
The Tampa TFR is centered on Tampa International Airport, 9.0 nm from the St. Petersburg (PIE) VOR on the 062 radial, and will be in effect from 1700 local until 2000 local on Monday, June 30.
In all three TFR areas, 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.
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.
Tampa International (TPA), Peter O. Knight (TPF), and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE) airports all fall within the 0-10 nm ring and will effectively be closed to general aviation traffic for the duration of the TFR.
Vandenberg (VDF), Clearwater Airpark (CLW), Albert Whitted (SPG), Tampa North Aero Park (X39), Plant City Municipal (PCM), Airport Manatee (48X), Pilot Country (X05), Zephyrhills Municipal (ZPH), South Lakeland (X49), and Lakeland Linder Regional (LAL) 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.
In addition, operations at Hernando County Airport (BKV), which is less than 1 nm outside of the TFR, will be impacted.
Miami Heliport (X48), Miami SPB (X44), Miami International (MIA), and Opa Locka (OPF) airports all fall within the 0-10 nm ring and will effectively be closed to general aviation traffic for the duration of the TFR.
North Perry (HWO), Kendall-Tamiami Executive (TMB), Opa Locka West (X46), Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL), Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Heliport (DT1), Motorsports Complex EMS Heliport (MC4), Motorsports Complex VIP Heliport (VI2), Ft. Lauderdale Executive (FXE), Homestead General Aviation (X51), and Pompano Beach Airpark (PMP) 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.