Mon, May 10, 2010
First Launch Window Opens At 1415 May 14th
The FAA has placed a TFR in effect for the area around Cape
Canaveral in preparation for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis
on Friday. The launch window opens at 1415 EDT, with the launch
scheduled for 1420.
The TFR goes into effect Friday morning at 0715 EDT, and lasts
until not later than 1456.
The TFR is for general aviation and VFR operations, which are
prohibited within a 30-nautical-mile radius of Launch Pad 39A from
the surface to (but not including) 18,000 feet (located on the
Melbourne VOR/DME 004-degree radial at 30.6 nautical miles). Pilots
should obtain NOTAM information regarding affected airports.
Pilots are asked to refer to the Orlando Class B terminal area
and Jacksonville sectional charts.
Within an airspace radius between 30 and 40 nautical miles of
Pad 39A, a discrete transponder code must be obtained and clearance
granted from air traffic control before entering this airspace.
Continuous radio communications must be maintained. All VFR
aircraft are restricted to 180 knots or less unless a variance is
granted by air traffic control. Pilots should obtain NOTAM
information to determine the affected airports within this radius
before departure. Information is available from St. Petersburg
Flight Service Station. Contact radio frequencies are 123.6 MHz
(Titusville) and 122.6 MHz (Melbourne).
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