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TFRs scheduled for Republican, Democratic conventionsTFRs scheduled for Republican, Democratic conventions

The FAA has released flight advisories for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in July, reminding pilots that temporary flight restrictions will be in effect in Cleveland and Philadelphia where the conventions will take place.
TFRs will be in effect for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland from July 17 through 23. Image courtesy of NORAD.

Multiple TFRs of sizes ranging from a three-nautical-mile radius to a 30-nm radius and extending from the surface up to 17,999 feet msl will be in effect during each event. Drone operations will not be permitted within the TFRs.

“These TFRs can be more complex than typical presidential TFRs,” said Nobuyo Sakata, AOPA director of aviation security. “It is vital that pilots check notams and study the TFRs and special procedures before taking flight.”

TFRs will begin over Cleveland July 17 and are expected to continue through July 23. Details of the flight restrictions, a cutout for Cuyahoga County Airport, and gateway screening procedures are included in the flight advisory.

Restrictions over Philadelphia will run from July 25 through 29 and also will include gateway screening procedures. Cutouts have not been established for any airports near Philadelphia. See the flight advisory for more information.

“We are working with the Air Operations Center for NORAD and the Civil Air Patrol to help inform pilots of the TFRs and prevent airspace violations,” Sakata said.

Leading up to the conventions, NORAD’s Air Operations Center will be calling or mailing materials to 404 airport facilities, and the Civil Air Patrol will deliver outreach materials to fixed-base operations at 112 airports, Sakata explained.

AOPA members who are based at airports that will be impacted by the TFRs can help spread the word to their fellow aviators by printing and displaying the Cleveland and Philadelphia flight advisories at their pilot lounges, flying club hangars, airport restaurants, and other areas where pilots commonly congregate. The NORAD Air Operations Center’s posters for the Republican and Democratic conventions also can be printed and posted.

“By working together, we can effectively reach the affected aviation communities to promote everyone’s safety and situational awareness, and prevent TFR incursions,” Sakata said.

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Miller

AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
Topics: Advocacy, Temporary Flight Restriction

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