Presidential TFR Trouble

by Terry Welshans

Palm Beach, Florida is bracing for long-term economic loss and disruption due to the presidential Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) covering President Trump’s visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort. For the three weekend in a row, the presidential TFR covering Trump’s visit has shut down busy Palm Beach Country/Lantana airport and disrupted flight training and other general aviation activities. Lantana is located six miles south of Palm Beach International Airport and about 6.5 miles from the Mar-a-Lago Club, which is on a barrier island off the Florida coast.

Here is the current TFR for Palm Beach/Lantana airport:

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TFR FDC 7/8794 ZMA from FAA

Presidential TFRs have typically been two concentric rings, with an inner 10-mile ring and an outer 30-mile ring. All flight operations except scheduled airlines, law enforcement and related security operations are prohibited from the surface to 18,000 feet in the inner core. Limited operations are allowed in the outer core, to include departures and arrivals to area airports and, on an ATC-workload-permitted basis, transits through the area. The  All aircraft must be on VFR or IFR flight plans and must squawk a discrete transponder code.

The restricted area is shown on the aviation chart as a red outer circle and a red inner circle that is very restricted. The small airplane symbols with a blue square are small airports that are affected.

FDC 7/8794 ZMA PART 1 OF 7 FL..AIRSPACE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA..TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS. MARCH 3-5, 2017 LOCAL. PURSUANT TO 49 USC 40103(B), THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) CLASSIFIES THE AIRSPACE DEFINED IN THIS NOTAM AS ‘NATIONAL DEFENSE AIRSPACE’. PILOTS WHO DO NOT ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES MAY BE INTERCEPTED, DETAINED AND INTERVIEWED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT/SECURITY PERSONNEL. ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL ACTIONS MAY ALSO BE TAKEN AGAINST A PILOT WHO DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OR ANY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS OR PROCEDURES ANNOUNCED IN THIS NOTAM: A) THE FAA MAY TAKE ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION, INCLUDING IMPOSING CIVIL PENALTIES AND THE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF AIRMEN CERTIFICATES; OR B) THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MAY PURSUE CRIMINAL CHARGES, INCLUDING CHARGES UNDER TITLE 49 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 46307; OR C) THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MAY USE DEADLY FORCE AGAINST THE AIRBORNE AIRCRAFT, IF IT IS DETERMINED THAT THE AIRCRAFT POSES AN IMMINENT SECURITY THREAT. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, SECTION 91.141 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL 1703032030-1703060330 END PART 1 OF 7

7/8794 ZMA PART 2 OF 7 FL..AIRSPACE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA..TEMPORARY FLIGHT REGULATIONS, AIRCRAFT FLIGHT OPERATIONS ARE PROHIBITED WITHIN AN AREA DEFINED AS 30NM RADIUS OF 264047N0800327W (PBI094001.6) SFC-17999FT MSL; EXCLUDING AN AREA DEFINED AS 2NM RADIUS OF 271054N0801317W (PBI349030.9) SFC-17999FT MSL; EXCLUDING AN AREA DEFINED AS 2NM RADIUS OF 261150N0801014W (FLL004007.4) SFC-17999FT MSL EFFECTIVE 1703032030 UTC (1530 LOCAL 03/03/17) UNTIL 1703060330 UTC (2230 LOCAL 03/05/17). WITHIN AN AREA DEFINED AS 10NM RADIUS OF 264047N0800327W (PBI094001.6) SFC-17999FT MSL EFFECTIVE 1703032030 UTC (1530 LOCAL 03/03/17) UNTIL 1703060330 UTC (2230 LOCAL 03/05/17). EXCEPT AS SPECIFIED BELOW AND/OR UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY ATC IN CONSULTATION WITH THE AIR TRAFFIC SECURITY COORDINATOR VIA THE DOMESTIC EVENTS NETWORK (DEN): A. ALL AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS WITHIN THE 10 NMR 1703032030-1703060330 END PART 2 OF 7

FDC 7/8794 ZMA PART 3 OF 7 FL..AIRSPACE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA..TEMPORARY FLIGHT AREA(S) LISTED ABOVE, KNOWN AS THE INNER CORE(S), ARE PROHIBITED EXCEPT FOR: APPROVED LAW ENFORCEMENT, MILITARY AIRCRAFT DIRECTLY SUPPORTING THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE (USSS) AND THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, APPROVED AIR AMBULANCE FLIGHTS, AND REGULARLY SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AND ALL-CARGO CARRIERS OPERATING UNDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TSA-APPROVED STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAMS/PROCEDURES: AIRCRAFT OPERATOR STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM (AOSSP), FULL ALL-CARGO AIRCRAFT OPERATOR STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM (FACAOSSP), MODEL SECURITY PROGRAM (MSP), TWELVE FIVE STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM (TFSSP) ALL CARGO, OR ALL-CARGO INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PROCEDURE (ACISP) AND ARE ARRIVING INTO AND/OR DEPARTING FROM 14 CFR PART 139 AIRPORTS. ALL EMERGENCY/LIFE SAVING FLIGHT (MEDICAL/LAW ENFORCEMENT/FIREFIGHTING) OPERATIONS MUST COORDINATE WITH ATC PRIOR TO THEIR DEPARTURE 1703032030-1703060330 END PART 3 OF 7

FDC 7/8794 ZMA PART 4 OF 7 FL..AIRSPACE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA..TEMPORARY FLIGHT AT 561-684-9047 TO AVOID POTENTIAL DELAYS. B. FOR OPERATIONS WITHIN THE AIRSPACE BETWEEN THE 10 NMR AND 30 NMR AREA(S) LISTED ABOVE, KNOWN AS THE OUTER RING(S): ALL AIRCRAFT OPERATING WITHIN THE OUTER RING(S) LISTED ABOVE ARE LIMITED TO AIRCRAFT ARRIVING OR DEPARTING LOCAL AIRFIELDS, AND WORKLOAD PERMITTING, ATC MAY AUTHORIZE TRANSIT OPERATIONS. AIRCRAFT MAY NOT LOITER. ALL AIRCRAFT MUST BE ON AN ACTIVE IFR OR VFR FLIGHT PLAN WITH A DISCRETE CODE ASSIGNED BY AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) FACILITY. AIRCRAFT MUST BE SQUAWKING THE DISCRETE CODE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE AND AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN THE TFR AND MUST REMAIN IN TWO-WAY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS WITH ATC. C. ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS NOT COVERED IN PARAGRAPH A. WITHIN THE 10 NMR AREA MUST BE SECURITY SCREENED BY TSA AT A GATEWAY AIRPORT PRIOR TO ARRIVING OR DEPARTING PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KPBI). AIRCRAFT OPERATORS MUST REGISTER 1703032030-1703060330 END PART 4 OF 7

FDC 7/8794 ZMA PART 5 OF 7 FL..AIRSPACE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA..TEMPORARY FLIGHT WITH THE TSA FOR GATEWAY SCREENING NO LESS THAN 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THEIR SCHEDULED DEPARTURE TIME. RESERVATIONS FOR SCREENING MAY BEGIN ON MARCH 1, 2017 AND LAST THROUGH THE DURATION OF THE EVENT BY CALLING TSA AT 561-616-9650. D. GATEWAY AIRPORTS HAVE BEEN CREATED AT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KPBI), ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KMCO), FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KFLL), DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KIAD), TETERBORO AIRPORT (KTEB), AND WESTCHESTER CO. AIRPORT (KHPN) BY TSA TO ACCOMMODATE AIRCRAFT ARRIVING OR DEPARTING PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KPBI). E. TSA SCREENING WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 03/03/2017. TSA SCREENING WILL BE AVAILABLE DAILY 0800-1700 LOCAL EFFECTIVE 1703041300 UTC (0800 LOCAL 03/04/17) TO 1703052200 UTC (1700 LOCAL 03/05/17). PILOTS, CREW AND PASSENGERS MUST PROVIDE VALID GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO 1703032030-1703060330 END PART 5 OF 7

FDC 7/8794 ZMA PART 6 OF 7 FL..AIRSPACE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA..TEMPORARY FLIGHT IDENTIFICATION TO THE TSA AT THE GATEWAY AIRPORT. GATEWAY SCREENING WILL INCLUDE ID VERIFICATION AND VETTING OF ALL PILOTS, CREW AND PASSENGERS, SCREENING OF PERSONS AND BAGGAGE, AND INSPECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT. NO FIREARMS ON BOARD AIRCRAFT WILL BE AUTHORIZED. F. ON DEPARTURE FROM A GATEWAY AIRPORT AIRCRAFT MUST MAINTAIN RADIO CONTACT WITH ATC AND CONTINUOUSLY SQUAWK AN ATC-ASSIGNED DISCRETE CODE. INTERMEDIATE STOPS WHILE ENROUTE ARE NOT AUTHORIZED UNLESS AN EMERGENCY EXISTS. G. THE FOLLOWING OPERATIONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED WITHIN THIS TFR: FLIGHT TRAINING, PRACTICE INSTRUMENT APPROACHES, AEROBATIC FLIGHT, GLIDER OPERATIONS, SEAPLANE OPERATIONS, PARACHUTE OPERATIONS, ULTRALIGHT, HANG GLIDING, BALLOON OPERATIONS, AGRICULTURE/CROP DUSTING, ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FLIGHT OPERATIONS, BANNER TOWING OPERATIONS, SIGHTSEEING OPERATIONS, 1703032030-1703060330 END PART 6 OF 7

FDC 7/8794 ZMA PART 7 OF 7 FL..AIRSPACE PALM BEACH, FLORIDA..TEMPORARY FLIGHT MAINTENANCE TEST FLIGHTS, MODEL AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS, MODEL ROCKETRY, UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS), AND UTILITY AND PIPELINE SURVEY OPERATIONS. H. FAA RECOMMENDS THAT ALL AIRCRAFT OPERATORS CHECK NOTAMS FREQUENTLY FOR POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THIS TFR PRIOR TO OPERATIONS WITHIN THIS REGION. 1703032030-1703060330 END PART 7 OF 7

Sorry about the length of the quote, but that is what a pilot gets to read to avoid getting busted for flying in the restricted area.

The effect of businesses in Florida is not good at all:

Lantana has five flight schools that been shut down for the past three weekends and the impact on business has been devastating. Jonathan Miller, who operates Stellar Aviation, is the sole FBO on the airport. In a preliminary economic analysis presented to Palm Beach County, Miller estimated losses for operators for just one weekend to total about $30,000 and his losses for the year could reach $200,000. The second-largest flight school has already relocated and Miller anticipates that others will follow.

Other airports outside the inner core have been less impacted. Many private jet operations have moved off Palm Beach International to Boca Raton, 20 miles south of Palm Beach. This has crowded the ramp, leaving less room for light aircraft parking and operations. Weekend flight training from other airports into Pompano Beach, Boca Raton and North Palm Beach Country has also been impacted.

About Terry Welshans

I grew up in Burbank, California. My dad worked at a company that made sub assemblies for about every airplane made in the 1960-1970 era, so it was only natural that the aviation bug bit me while I was quite young. I hold a commercial pilot certificate and fly as much as I can. I live in Bardstown, Kentucky with my wife, moving here after we retired. I am a Vietnam veteran and a cancer survivor. I like to keep politicians honest, and do so when they open an avenue where I feel they have erred.
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12 Responses to Presidential TFR Trouble

  1. West Palm Beach Airport, aka Lantana, is a very busy general aviation airport. There are 269 aircraft based at Lantana, and the airfield averages 347 operations daily. An “operation” is a takeoff and landing. It is a huge economic stimulus, because of the hundreds of employees who depend on the airport for work, as well as businesses who operate aircraft in the line of business. Additionally, no model aircraft, including drones, can operate while a TFR is in effect. This includes little Johnny or Jane who want to fly their little backyard airplanes they got for Christmas or a birthday.

    The Aircraft Owners & Pilot’s Association (AOPA), the FAA, and the city of West Palm Beach which owns Lantana have been trying to carve out a notch (see chart below) so that Lantana can operate. When a TFR is declaired, the declaring party has control. In this case, it is the US Secret Service. They get the final say on what is allowed to fly inside the TFR, and when. The Secret Service has turned a deaf ear to the entreaties of AOPA, the city, businesses that are impacted, and even the FAA. The FAA has carved out a notch so that Lantana can operate, but the Secret Service says, “No.” As long as the President goes to his resort to play golf on weekends, all air traffic over the West Palm Beach metro area and suburbs is shut down during some of the (normally) heaviest air traffic times.
    Proposed Lantana notch in TFR

  2. Under the TFR rules, you and your kid can get fined up to about $50,000 and go to jail for flying this airplane while Trump is staying at his resort.

  3. randyjet says:

    This does not come close to mentioning the COST to the taxpayer of the Donald’s commuting between the White House and PBI. So far Trump is on track to become the most expensive President in history with his week-end jaunts. I thought that W Bush was expensive with his frequent trips to Texas. Trump will trump him by YUGE margin. I suppose next the GOP Congress will refurbish Air Force One with gold bathroom fixtures to make it more suitable for a person like Trump.

    • Over the past couple of years, the cost of operating Air Force One has fluctuated between $228,288 an hour down to a low of $180,118. I have an idea that much of the difference is due to fluctuations in fuel costs. It is safe to say the operating cost averages around $200,000/hour. That is some expensive golf. And naps.

      Here is a tweet a few hours ago from one of the alleged WH insiders:

    • Terry Welshans says:

      Judicial Watch has found that 8 years of Obama travel cost about $97M, or about $12M per year.

      AF One costs about $180,000/Hr to operate so each four-hour round trip cost about $270,000 each, just for the plane. The Pentagon says that the second AF One, the C-17 cargo aircraft and support personnel cost about $5.67M for three trips. Secret Service says they have to check and clear everyone at the site and say it costs $800,000. That alone is about $2.4M for three visits. The Coast Guard must secure the waters nearby at an unknown cost.

      Palm Beach Sheriff says he has paid $60,000 a day in overtime for each visit and West Palm Beach PD paid $26,000 in overtime for three visits.

      In total the trips have taken $10.6M out of the local and federal tax coffers, nearly as much as Obama spent for travel each year.

      http://www.9news.com/news/local/verify/verify-how-much-is-president-trumps-travel-actually-costing-american-taxpayers/414476238

  4. ann summers says:

    Hopefully a big deal will me made when Lord Dampnut reaches $97M … “Judicial Watch has found that 8 years of Obama travel cost about $97M, or about $12M per year.”

  5. Russell says:

    Will comment tomorrow. Just checking.

  6. Russell says:

    New comment

  7. Russell says:

    What the exclusive members of the Club didn’t bargain for was being questioned and searched going to there home. Not only has the TFR impacted businesses buy the restrictions but home owners that use the airport as well. Donald ought to figure out a way to quit spending taxpayer dollars.

    NYC wants to be reimbursed for its expenses. The President that’s going to save jobs is causing business to move out of the airport too.

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