Pilots take note: The FAA has issued a large 30-nautical-mile-radius temporary flight restriction (TFR) over Waco, Texas, for President Bush's departure from his ranch on Monday, August 27. It will be in effect from 10:20 a.m. local until 11:25 a.m. local on Monday. Typically the FAA issues a smaller 6-nm-radius TFR over Waco. AOPA has expressed its concerns about the unprecedented TFR, but the FAA and security officials would not provide any information as to why this larger restriction was issued. "Whenever the FAA imposes a flight restriction without giving a reason, it always causes concern," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. "AOPA has made its concerns known to the FAA and will continue to work toward a resolution."
August 24, 2007