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  •  no it doesn't (4+ / 0-)

    Tom Suhrhoff did not declare a no-fly zone.  The FAA issued a temporary flight restriction.  Tom Suhrhoff is the guy who the FAA has designated to approve waivers into the restricted area, which is not the same as controlling the airspace.  Tom Suhrhoff has no enforcement powers.  He is not sitting at a radar scope issuing air traffic clearances.

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    by craiger on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:13:27 AM PDT

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    •  only Exxon's people are allowed (1+ / 0-)
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      from the article:

      "FAA site noted earlier today that "only relief aircraft operations under direction of Tom Suhrhoff" were allowed within the designated no fly zone.

      Suhrhoff is not an FAA emploee"

      So while that dude isn't directing the traffic, only people he designates as his traffic get in.

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      by greenbastard on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:24:49 AM PDT

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      •  situation normal (3+ / 0-)
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        This is how TFRs work.  Whether it's for an air show, a forest fire, or an oil spill.  Or gas plumes, or blasting operations, or ...

        Is this the first you've heard of TFRs?  Are you going to get this up in arms about all TFRs?  The FAA has already issued six new ones just today in CA, AZ, MN, and TX.  Three of them with corporate contacts for flight waivers:

        KEETAC LARRY SCHMELZER TELEPHONE 218-778-8739 IS IN CHARGE OF ON SCENE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTIVITY. MINNEAPOLIS ZMP ARTCC TELEPHONE 651-463-5580 IS THE FAA COORDINATION FACILITY.
        NORTH SHORE MINING COMPANY COMMUNICATION, TELEPHONE 218-827-2018, OR SECURITY TELEPHONE 218-827-2021, IS IN CHARGE OF THE OPERATION. MINNEAPOLIS ARTCC ZMP /651-463-5580, IS THE FAA COORDINATION FACILITY.
        FLORIDA GAS TRANSMISSIONS TELEPHONE 713-303-4315 IS IN CHARGE OF ON SCENE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTIVITY. HOUSTON /ZHU ARTCC TELEPHONE 281-230-5560 IS THE FAA COORDINATION FACILITY.

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        by craiger on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:37:53 AM PDT

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