FAA Outlines Super Bowl Air Traffic Plan

 - February 3, 2021, 12:22 PM

The FAA has released a plan involving temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), a No Drone Zone, and other procedures for general aviation operations and drones around Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, before, during, and after Super Bowl LV this weekend. While Covid-19-pandemic restrictions are limiting attendance for this year’s Super Bowl to about 25 percent capacity, the FAA still anticipates hundreds of additional GA takeoffs and landings in the Tampa Bay region, as well as aircraft parked at the nearby airports.

A reservation program began today and runs through February 9 to facilitate ground services, NBAA said, advising operators to contact their preferred FBO in advance to ensure they can secure a slot. In all, procedures have been established for 17 Tampa-area airports. Preferred routes also have been established.

In addition, a TFR will bar GA operations within a 10-nm radius of the stadium beginning at about 5:30 p.m. on game day, February 7. That TFR is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. but could be extended if necessary. Other procedures, involving screening and gateways will take effect for a 30-nm ring around the stadium. Drones are prohibited inside the TFR area, as well as in a 2-nm area around Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from the ground to 2,000 feet, during event hours.