December 17, 2003

Celebrate 100 years of flight . . .

. . . but I hope you aren't trying to fly to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Because of "Increased Security" the POTUS travels with a 30NM flight restriction. In a stroke of genius, security officials created one for 50NM while POTUS is at the event.

Phil Boyer, president of AOPA has this to say:

If the original TFRs [Temporary Flight Resctrictions] were ironic, these updated times are outrageous. They begin before sunrise and slam the door on the two closest airports to virtually all Part 91 pilots. Certainly the President deserves protection when he travels. But because his security personnel continue to insist on demanding oversized TFRs, the inheritors of the Wright Brothers' legacy America's pilots are being penalized.

I would have to agree with those statements. The president used to travel with a 3-5nm ring--1/10th of the current TFR.

If you are trying to fly in, you'll have to drive (!) for about 50 miles as that is the closest airport outside of the TFR.

Posted by molson at December 17, 2003 02:38 PM GMT


Posted by: Dave at December 19, 2003 12:45 AM
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