Real-Time TFR Graphics Now on FAA Website
At the 2003 AOPA Expo,
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey couldn't help crowing about the
recent addition of graphic TFRs to the FAA website.... many, many,
MANY months after pilots and industry groups urged them to do so in
order to avoid much of the rampant confusion that surrounds such
temporary airspace grabs.
The FAA finally did the smart thing and added this service in
order to "provide better service to pilots and to enhance airspace
security." The FAA will henceforth post graphical
depictions of Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) on its website
By clicking on "Pilots: Graphic TFRs," users
are able to view real-time TFR graphics and to choose a format or
view that best meets their needs.
"We're pleased to answer general aviation's call to offer more
convenience and service in obtaining TFR information," said
"With a few mouse clicks, pilots will now be able to get more
timely, accurate information, to plan around TFRs, and to avoid
The FAA regularly imposes TFRs for security or safety reasons
throughout the country. Working with agencies such as the U.S.
Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security and the
Department of Defense, the FAA establishes TFRs for the protection
of the President, Vice President and other world leaders when they
travel. Similar restrictions are common around such events as air
shows, other large outdoor gatherings, and forest fire sites.
Pilots who fly in TFRs may face a fine or a suspension or even
revocation of their license.
Pilots accessing the FAA's TFR website will find a list of
locations. Clicking on the specific location will automatically
provide a map of the TFR, the text of the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
with both the legal description and a plain-language version on a
single page. For pilots with questions, a 24-hour Help Desk will be
available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As before, the agency strongly urges pilots flying under Visual
Flight Rules (VFR) to call FAA Flight Service at 1-800 WX BRIEF
(992-7533) for a full briefing before taking off.