In anticipation of increased business aviation traffic into the Phoenix area for the college football playoff championship game on January 11, the FAA issued a notam. It warns pilots to be prepared for potential airborne holding, reroutes or Expect Departure Clearance Times (EDCTs), for all domestic IFR arrivals at Arizona airports such as Phoenix Sky Harbor, Phoenix Deer Valley, Glendale, Goodyear and Scottsdale. The information, released in the FAA’s 600-page December Notices to Airmen bulletin, was excerpted into a simple-to-understand web page by NBAA.
Arrival and departure reservations, made directly through the FBOs, will be required for IFR operations during certain periods at those airports from January 9 to 12 (January 11 to 12 at Scottsdale Airport). According to the FAA, to maintain program integrity and minimize delays during this period, no airborne IFR filing or airborne changes of destination will be permitted within 200 nm of Phoenix Terminal airspace. In addition, duplicate flight plans to multiple airport destinations are subject to removal from the system.
Any TFRs associated with the event will be released by the agency no less than three days before the game.