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G-8 Summit will mean flight restrictions along southeastern U.S. coastG-8 Summit will mean flight restrictions along southeastern U.S. coast

G-8 Summit will mean flight restrictions along southeastern U.S. coast

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June 4, 2004 - Beginning Sunday, June 6, the FAA will impose major flight restrictions in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida for the Group of 8 (G-8) Economic Summit being held in Sea Island, Ga. There will be two large temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) implemented for the National Security Event.

"The long duration of the TFRs and the number of impacted airports underscores the need for pilots to check notams before flying in this area," said Heidi Williams, manager of Air Traffic for AOPA. "AOPA members have an additional resource - Real Time Flight Planner - that can show them where the TFRs are. But they still need to check notams at the last possible minute for any last-minute changes."

See the FAA's special Web page for the G-8 flight restrictions and impacted airports.

The two TFRs are:

  • One 40-nm-radius TFR (excluding Jacksonville International Class C airspace and the airspace surrounding Airway V-243) extending to FL180 centered on Mc Kinnon Airport (SSI) from 2000 local June 6 until 1500 local, June 11.
  • One 30-nm-radius TFR extending to FL180 centered on Hunter Army Air Field (SVN) from 0700 local, June 8 until 1500 local, June 11.

Additionally, there will be a third, shorter-duration TFR established for President Bush's arrival from France on Sunday evening.

Inside each TFR is a 10-nm-radius no-fly zone that prohibits all air traffic except law enforcement and military aircraft directly supporting the Secret Service, emergency services flights, and regularly scheduled cargo and airlines.

General aviation aircraft can operate between the 10-nm-radius no-fly zone and outer edges of the TFRs, as long as they:

  • Arrive or depart local airfields
  • Are on an active IFR or VFR flight plan filed with a flight service station
  • Obtain a discrete transponder code assigned by ATC
  • Squawk the discrete code prior to departure and at all times while in the TFRs
  • Remain in two-way communication with ATC while in the TFRs

The TFRs do not allow for aircraft to loiter, perform flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralights, hang gliding, media aircraft, hot air balloons, crop dusting, animal population control flights, banner towing operations, seaplanes, and utility line/pipeline patrols.

Additionally, the Moody A & B Military Operations Areas (MOAs) will not be active during the summit meeting.


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