At the request of other
federal agencies, the FAA will restrict airspace in and around
Detroit’s Ford Field before and during Super Bowl XL on
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) will be in place within a
30-mile radius of Ford Field from 4 p.m. until midnight. During
that time, access to airspace in the Detroit area will be limited.
However, scheduled commercial and cargo flights will be allowed to
operate into and out of Detroit Metro International Airport. In
addition, general aviation aircraft will be allowed to use some
local airports under several restrictions. Coleman Young Detroit
City Airport will restrict general aviation traffic while the TFR
is in effect.
The TFR will include an inner ring surrounding Ford Field with a
radius of 10 nautical miles and up to 18,000 feet, excluding
Canadian airspace. In general, flights are prohibited within the
inner ring except for authorized law enforcement, emergency medical
and military operations.
Only commercial passenger and cargo companies with a security
program approved by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration
may operate flights within the inner ring of the TFR. Arrivals and
departures at Detroit Metro must be on an Instrument Flight Rules
flight plan and be in communication with air traffic control.
The TFR also will include an outer ring surrounding Ford Field
with a radius of 30 nautical miles and up to 18,000 feet, excluding
Canadian airspace. All aircraft entering or exiting this outer ring
must be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan, and must remain in
two-way radio communication with air traffic control.
In addition, the following special operations are not allowed
anywhere within the TFR: flight training, gliders, hot air
balloons, banner towing, parachute flights, ultra lights, practice
approaches, aerobatic flights, hang gliding, or seaplanes.
Aircraft entering or operating within the TFR without
authorization may be intercepted by U.S. military or U.S. Coast
The FAA encourages all pilots to contact their local Automated
Flight Service Station for more details on these restrictions.