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Flight Restrictions Set For G-20 Summit In September

Preliminary TFR Issued By FAA

The G-20 Summit will be held in Pittsburgh from September 24 to September 25. Before and during the G-20 Summit, the President of the United States and a number of other world leaders are expected to arrive in the area. The event has been designated a National Special Security Event, and TFR's will be in place for the duration of the summit.

To ensure the airspace is secure during this event, airspace restrictions will be in place around Pittsburgh. The restrictions are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for the G-20 Summit, but also ensure fair and equitable access to all airspace users, to the greatest extent possible. The restrictions will allow commercial flight operations to continue and are designed to minimize the impact on private pilots. The NOTAM(s) may change with little or no notice, and pilots are advised to check NOTAM(s) frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area.

The TFR will be centered on the 116 degree radial of Montour VOR at 8.5 nm, and includes a 12 nm inner core that will have heightened flight restrictions:

  • All United States Secret Service vetted aircraft operators, emergency/life saving flights (medical/law enforcement/firefighting) must coordinate in advance with the United States Secret Service to avoid potential delays. Contact information will be published in the NOTAM. Those operators must be in direct contact with ATC and squawking an assigned beacon code.
  • Regularly scheduled commercial passenger and all-cargo carriers operating under one of the following TSA-approved standard security programs: Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program (AOSSP), Full-All Cargo Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program (FACAOSSP), Model Security Program (MSP), Twelve Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP), Cargo Only, or All-Cargo International Security Procedure (ACISP) and are arriving into and/or departing from 49 CFR Part 1542 covered airports.
  • All other aircraft not operating under TSA-approved standard security programs listed above and arriving KPIT and KAGC must apply for a FAA/TSA special event waiver and be security screened at the gateway airport. Aircraft departing KPIT or KAGC must also apply for a special event waiver and be security screened at the respective airport. Waiver requests must be made at least 96 hours prior to the planned flight.

Other aircraft operations deemed appropriate by the United States Secret Service will be permitted.

The outer ring extends to 30 nm. All aircraft entering or exiting the outer ring must remain in two-way radio communications with ATC, be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan with a discrete beacon code assigned by ATC. Aircraft must be squawking the discrete code at all times while in the TFR. Operations are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airports, ATC may authorize transit operations with United States Secret Service approval. Aircraft may not loiter. No VFR general aviation over flights will be authorized. Both the outer and inner core extend to FL180.

North Central West Virginia Airport (KCKB) in Clarksburg, WV, has been designated as a gateway airport during the G20 Summit to accommodate aircraft arriving into Pittsburgh International Airport (KPIT) and Allegheny County Airport (KAGC). Aircraft must register for gateway access at least 96 hours prior to the planned flight.

Pittsburgh Sectional Chart

FAA advises that noncompliance with the published NOTAM may result in the use of force. Pilots are strongly suggested to contact a Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF (1-800-992-7433) prior to flight to check for all current NOTAMs.

The United States Secret Service is the lead Federal agency in charge of security design, planning and implementation.

FMI: www.faa.gov

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