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Special traffic procedures set for Masters Golf tournamentSpecial traffic procedures set for Masters Golf tournament

The FAA has published special air traffic procedures that will be in effect April 1 through 9 in connection with the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

Increased air traffic is expected at Augusta, Georgia's Daniel Field and other general aviation airports in the Augusta area during Masters Week April 1 through 8 when Sergio Garcia defends his Green Jacket and Tiger Woods competes at the Masters for the first time in several years. Photo by David Tulis.

With a large number of aircraft expected to be operating in the area during the tournament, the FAA may use a variety of traffic management initiatives including but not limited to reroutes, miles-in-trail, altitude restrictions, ground stops, and ground delay programs, the FAA said.

Traffic management initiatives may be required to and from Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field in Augusta, Georgia; Aiken Regional Airport in Aiken, South Carolina; Daniel Field Airport in Augusta, Georgia; and Thomson-McDuffie County Airport in Thomson, Georgia.

Pilots should refer to the notice to airmen for other details and check notams frequently, as procedures may be revised or unavailable at the time of the event.

Pilots should note that taxiway closures at Augusta Regional Airport/Bush Field will affect aircraft movement in and out of the ramp area.

According to this National Business Aviation Association advisory, taxiways that will be closed during Masters 2018 include Taxiway A south of D, Taxiway E between Runway 17/35, and Taxiway C.

Pilots should note also that an extension of Taxiway C has been constructed off the South ramp. This will allow aircraft to depart the ramp area and taxi onto the ramp area from Taxiway C. This section of Taxiway C can accommodate up to a Boeing 757.

NBAA advised operators that, as a result of taxiway closures, aircraft landing on Runway 35 will have to roll to taxiway A2 or the end of the runway before turning off the active runway. Aircraft landing on Runway 17 will roll to Runway 8/26 or the end of the runway before turning off the active runway.

Note that Runway 8/26 will be closed for aircraft parking east of Runway 17/35.

Gate holds are likely during times of peak departure demand, due to constraints getting aircraft to the departure end of Runway 35.

Taxiway C from Taxiway E to the south apron will be a non-movement area. Taxiway C is now 270 feet by 75 feet between taxiway E and the south apron, the advisory said.

Topics: FAA Information and Services, Flight Planning, US Travel

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