As representatives from countries around the world convene in September for the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, TFRs in the area will restrict access to New York City airspace.
The FAA has issued a flight advisory notifying pilots of TFRs for New York City Sept. 14 through Oct. 1. The largest restrictions are expected to be in place from Sept. 22 through Sept. 25.
“This TFR has various dates and dimensions associated with it, so careful preflight planning is needed,” said AOPA Manager of Security and Borders Brittney Miculka. “The good thing is that, while confusing, airspace exclusions have been created and GA will be provided access into certain airports during the restrictions.” Arrivals and departures will be permitted at Morristown Municipal, Republic, and Westchester County airports as long as ingress and egress procedures are followed.
A 2-nautical-mile radius TFR will be in effect daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time throughout the two-week period. From Sept. 22 through Sept. 25, a 7-nm-radius inner TFR will be in effect; for the entire Class B boundary from the surface up to 17,999 feet msl, aircraft must be under an IFR or VFR flight plan and remain in two-way radio communication. Certain flight operations will be prohibited within an 8-nm-radius around John F. Kennedy International, and ingress and egress procedures for Morristown Municipal will apply during that time.
Depending on when President Barack Obama visits the General Assembly, the restrictions may increase, so careful preflight planning and getting up-to-date information from flight service is very important. Find out more in the advisory now, and always check notams before each flight.