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GA Leaders Want Better Presidential TFR System

EAA has long sought changes to restrictions

June 2, 2011 — EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower joined leaders of five other aviation organizations today in signing a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole regarding Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) involving presidential travel.

The presidential TFRs have been an ongoing issue for pilots because of the size of the restricted areas and the short notice often given for the implantation of those areas. Each TFR also means the loss of tens of thousands of dollars of revenue, on average, for aviation businesses.

The letter, written by the National Air Transportation Association and also signed by the leaders of EAA, AOPA, GAMA, HAI, and NBAA, urges that the TSA work with the aviation community to better design and implement TFRs without compromising presidential security. This issue has been a long-term effort by EAA and the other aviation groups that complements the additional preflight planning undertaken by pilots to avoid TFR areas.

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