Image from AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner shows the scheduled TFRs for the Cheney bus motorcade.
Vice President Dick Cheney will be on a campaign bus tour through eastern Pennsylvania today, bringing with him pop-up temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that are larger than previous restrictions. But the FAA didn't issue the notams for the TFRs until after 6 p.m. yesterday.
"Once again, innocent pilots are the ones likely to be hurt by these TFRs," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "A large part of Pennsylvania airspace is going to be 'off-limits' to GA pilots, but we didn't get timely notification of when and where we can't fly. These pop-up, moving TFRs increase the risks of pilots inadvertently violating a restricted area and being intercepted by armed military aircraft."
Cheney's bus motorcade will be traveling through Wilkes-Barre, Pottsville, Bloomsburg, and Williamsport. The first of 11 TFRs becomes active at 9:35 a.m., and the last is scheduled to end at 9:30 p.m. However, pilots are warned that the schedule can change, and new notams establishing different times may be issued on very short notice. There are eight 5-nautical-mile-radius and three10-nm-radius TFRs. The ceiling for the TFRs is 2,900 feet agl.
Pilots using AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner can see the exact locations of the TFRs relative to their planned flight route.
Update: August 25, 2004