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AOPA Expo 2003 off to a roaring startAOPA Expo 2003 off to a roaring start

AOPA Expo 2003 got off to a fast start this morning, with more than 1,200 pilots attending the general session to hear FAA Administrator Marion Blakey.

There has been a steady flow of members through the registration area since the doors opened at 8 a.m. Philadelphia International Airport has already reached capacity, and controllers have had to halt VFR arrivals. All incoming VFR traffic is now being sent to the other AOPA Expo airport, Philadelphia Northeast (PNE).

During her speech, Blakey made good on her promise at AOPA Expo in Palm Springs last year, with the launch of the FAA's new graphical temporary flight restriction (TFR) Web site. AOPA's immediately upped the ante with a new member benefit, the Real-Time Flight Planner.

Blakey told the gathered pilots that the FAA is only one voice in Washington when it comes to security TFRs, but she said her agency makes sure to remind others in official Washington that TFRs have consequences for pilots every single day—and that the "T" in TFR stands for "temporary."

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