Thu, Nov 13, 2003
Another One Bites The Dust
After months of constant pressure
from AOPA and pilots all over the nation, the federal government
this week lifted the Defense Department's "permanent" temporary
flight restrictions over Crane, Indiana.
"It's good news anytime one of these longstanding TFRs is
reviewed and rescinded," said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory
Policy Melissa Bailey. "But there are still 13 left. At AOPA's
urging, Congress has told the FAA to reevaluate them. That's
especially important in the Seattle/Puget Sound area, where there
are four TFRs in a confined area."
Members of the Washington state congressional delegation have
added their voices, writing to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld,
calling for a review of the four Seattle-area TFRs.
The DoD requested 17 TFRs in the aftermath of the September 11
terrorist attacks over what they described as sensitive military
"Without a specific, credible threat to each of the remaining
protected facilities, AOPA believes the TFRs have outlived their
purpose," said Bailey.
"In places like the Seattle/Puget Sound area, where pilots
already contend with complicated Class B airspace plus restricted
areas and multiple military operation areas, the "permanent" TFRs
are a flight-planning nightmare."
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