For Immediate Release
Release No. 36-03
October 30, 2003
Contact: William Shumann
WASHINGTON, DC — To provide better service to pilots and to enhance airspace security, the U. S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted graphical depictions of Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) on its website at www.faa.gov. By clicking on Pilots: Graphic TFRs, users are able to view a real-time TFR graphics and to choose a format or view that best meets their needs. FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey announced the new service today at the annual meeting of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in Philadelphia.
We’re pleased to answer general aviation’s call to offer more convenience and service in obtaining TFR information, said Blakey. With a few mouse clicks, pilots will now be able to get more timely, accurate information, plan around TFRs, and avoid violations.
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 email@example.com.
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