For Immediate Release

January 27, 2006
Contact: Tony Molinaro
Phone: (847) 294-7427

DETROIT, MI – At the request of other federal agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will restrict airspace in and around Detroit’s Ford Field before and during Super Bowl XL on February 5.

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 Guard aircraft.

The FAA encourages all pilots to contact their local Automated Flight Service Station for more details on these restrictions. A map and full description of the restrictions are available at