Operators’ Playbook for Going to the Super Bowl

 - February 8, 2007, 5:33 AM

Crew and passengers of private aircraft flying into Miami for Super Bowl XLI on February 4 need to keep important security changes in mind. The FAA is expected to issue a TFR that will cover a 30-nm radius around Dolphin Stadium, effective from at least two hours before the game until two or more hours after it. That means no general aviation traffic into or out of area airports. Unlike in years past, there will be no helicopter service from area airports to the stadium. Operators should plan on delays as hundreds of corporate aircraft compete for slots within the same two- to three-hour departure window. There are also options available outside the boundaries of the TFR. Fort Lauderdale Executive, Fort Lauderdale International, Boca Raton and Palm Beach airports are all gearing up for Super Bowl overflow traffic. Using the outlying airports will involve a car ride of 40 to 90 minutes each way. Special traffic management program (STMP) procedures will be in effect.