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Flight Advisory for President's Hawaiian Holiday

December 16, 2010 — The FAA has issued a flight advisory of a temporary flight restriction (TFR) over Honolulu, Hawaii, for the first family’s visit over the holidays, but it’s still up in the air as to when it will be in effect thanks to an extended congressional session. The president had been scheduled to leave for the holidays this Saturday, December 18, but the White House said earlier this week he would remain in Washington, D.C., for as long as Congress stays in session.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters earlier this week a Saturday departure appears unlikely. It will be incumbent upon aircraft operators in the area to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes and to ensure they have the latest procedures.

The TFR will be centered on the Koko Head VORTAC (CKH), with concentric 10-nautical-mile and 30-nautical-mile rings, from the surface to 18,000 feet MSL. As this is Hawaii’s prime holiday tourism season, a lengthy TFR has the potential to adversely affect the many businesses that operate sightseeing and other flights. The FAA indicated in the flight advisory that procedures are being developed to allow these types of flight operations as well as flight training and practice instrument approaches for regional operators who receive prior authorization from the FAA, Transportation Security Administration, and Secret Service. Information on obtaining prior authorization will be provided at a later date.

Specific operations prohibited within the TFR area include aerobatic flight, ultralights, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, maintenance test flights, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, and unmanned aircraft systems.

The FAA point of contact is the System Operations Support Center, available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. EST, 202-267-8276.

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