RNC Convention Airspace Restrictions Detailed
The FAA has released details of the temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) pilots can expect later this month during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. starting on August 26. The update reads much like the one for the NATO Conference held earlier this year in Chicago. By labeling the Tampa area as “National Defense Airspace,” the agency is serving notice that it might impose administrative or civil penalties for any violations. The agency also said it could pursue criminal charges and, in extreme cases, use deadly force against aircraft it deems an imminent security threat. The TFR takes effect on August 26 and remains in place until August 30. All operations at Tampa’s Peter O. Knight Airport (TPF), the geographic center of the TFR during most of the convention, will be prohibited during the last week of August. Essentially, only Department of Defense and regularly scheduled airline and cargo aircraft will be allowed to operate within the 10-nm TFR ring. Between the 10-nm and 30-nm rings of the TFR, only aircraft on IFR or VFR flight plans using discrete transponder codes will be allowed to operate to and from local airports. No local training traffic will be allowed.