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When the shuttle launches, expect a large TFR in FloridaWhen the shuttle launches, expect a large TFR in Florida

When the shuttle launches, expect a large TFR in Florida

Space shuttle TFR

Update: A faulty fuel sensor scrubbed the scheduled launch of the space shuttle Discovery last Wednesday. The next possible window for launch is Tuesday, July 26.

Pilots contemplating flight in Florida should keep an eye on the news and check notams, because when Discovery flies, there will be a large, 40-nautical-mile-radius temporary flight restriction area (TFR) with a 30-nm interior "no-fly" zone.

The TFR, which is centered on the MLB VOR/DME 004-degree radial at 30.6 miles, extends up to Flight Level 180. Judging from previously issued notams, the TFR will be in effect for approximately 12 hours. For more information, see AOPA Online for the full text of the notams and graphics. Also check AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner for up-to-date graphics and information.

Updated: July 19, 2005, 8:55 a.m. EDT

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