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  •  The claim of a No-Fly zone is a nonsense. (4+ / 0-)
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    there is a Temporary Flight Restriction in an area five miles in diameter and up to a thousand feet above ground level (AGL).  A TFR is standard procedure when there are low level operations.  Any private company can ask for one, or the FAA may issue one sua sponte if there is a safety issue.  For example, if there is an airshow, the airshow promoter will ask for a TFR around the airport for the duration of the airshow.  I live near a NASCAR race track, and there is always a TFR on race day.  Here is the exact wording of the NOTAM (Notice to Airmen):

    NOTAM #FDC 3/8699

    On the LITTLE ROCK VORTAC (LIT) 319 degree radial at 22.4 nautical miles. (Latitude: 34º58'55"N, Longitude: 92º26'42"W)

    Radius:     5 nautical miles

    Altitude:     From the surface up to and including 1000 feet AGL

    The following is From the Federal Air Regulations (FAR) Note especially item number 3, which I have bolded:
    3-5-3. Temporary Flight Restrictions

    a. General. This paragraph describes the types of conditions under which the FAA may impose temporary flight restrictions. It also explains which FAA elements have been delegated authority to issue a temporary flight restrictions NOTAM and lists the types of responsible agencies/offices from which the FAA will accept requests to establish temporary flight restrictions. The 14 CFR is explicit as to what operations are prohibited, restricted, or allowed in a temporary flight restrictions area. Pilots are responsible to comply with 14 CFR Sections 91.137, 91.138, 91.141 and 91.143 when conducting flight in an area where a temporary flight restrictions area is in effect, and should check appropriate NOTAMs during flight planning.

    b. The purpose for establishing a temporary flight restrictions area is to:

    1. Protect persons and property in the air or on the surface from an existing or imminent hazard associated with an incident on the surface when the presence of low flying aircraft would magnify, alter, spread, or compound that hazard (14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(1));

    2. Provide a safe environment for the operation of disaster relief aircraft (14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(2)); or

    3. Prevent an unsafe congestion of sightseeing aircraft above an incident or event which may generate a high degree of public interest (14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(3)).

    4. Protect declared national disasters for humanitarian reasons in the State of Hawaii (14 CFR Section 91.138).

    5. Protect the President, Vice President, or other public figures (14 CFR Section 91.141).

    6. Provide a safe environment for space agency operations (14 CFR Section 91.143).

    I don't think folks realize just how low 1,000 feet is. So, there is not a no-fly zone.  They don't want two dozen aerial rubberneckers at treetop level, not paying attention to what they are doing.  If there were a mid-air or a crash, then the FAA would be criticized for letting it happen. Mayflower is a town, and nobody has any business buzzing around houses at less than a thousand feet anyway.  

    Planes can fly over the area as long as they stay at least a thousand feet above the restricted air space. If there is helicopter traffic present, they will have to give the choppers an extra five hundred feet of vertical clearance, according to the regulations.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 06:27:45 PM PDT

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