At the request of the U.S. Navy, the FAA will establish a prohibited area, P-50, on February 16, 2006, over the Kings Bay Naval Base in southeastern Georgia. P-50 will replace the temporary flight restriction (TFR) that has been in place since shortly after 9/11.
"AOPA is disappointed that the FAA and military did not pursue the association's recommendation for a less restrictive alternative, such as a national security area (NSA), to protect the base at Kings Bay," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. "However, the FAA did provide some relief for local pilots when they reduced the size of the original TFR from a 5-nautical-mile radius to a 2-nm radius to allow operations at a nearby St. Marys airport to resume."
P-50 will have a 2-nm radius centered on the Brunswick vortac's 198-degree radial at 15.4 nautical miles, extending up to but not including 3,000 feet.
December 23, 2005