Mon, Jan 13, 2003
The FAA is being urged, by EAA, to exempt
operations at Killeen Municipal Airport from TFRs during periods
when President George W. Bush is at his ranch in nearby Crawford,
Texas. The 30-mile flight restriction usually placed on the region
during President Bush's stays at the ranch borders just 700 feet
from the north end of Killeen's lone runway. When the
restrictions are in effect, VFR pattern work, flight training and
practice instrument training are prohibited. Pilots also must
conduct takeoffs and landings to the south, which create potential
air traffic and wind condition safety hazards.
"Granting Killeen Municipal Airport an exemption in this case is
a common-sense matter," said Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President of
Government and Industry Relations. "The exemption would not
endanger the primary security purpose of the flight
restrictions. It would also maintain safe operations at the
airport and allow normal activity at an airport that is completely
outside the 30-mile restricted area."
the Killeen airport is adjacent to airspace controlled by two U.S.
Army airfields, which provides additional security through air
traffic oversight of its restricted military airspace.
Killeen Municipal Airport has more than 41,000 general-aviation
operations each year, nearly half which occur through two local
flight schools. The restrictions shut down operations at
those schools, typically during the peak times of holidays and
weekends, causing economic hardships for those businesses.
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