October 27, 2012, 9:00 p.m. ET
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this evening issued an updated Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), which slightly delays the start of the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) to be implemented in conjunction with President Obama’s upcoming visit to Orlando, FL. The start time has been moved from 6:30 p.m. ET to 7:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 28.
The Association reminds operators that it is imperative that anyone planning to fly into Orlando airports via general aviation between 7:15 p.m. ET October 28 and 2:45 p.m. ET October 29 thoroughly review the current NOTAM available on the Association’s website to obtain the latest information regarding air traffic in the area. Review the latest VIP 91.141 TFR NOTAM Impact Statement.
President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Orlando Sunday evening in order to be in place for a Monday campaign event; his travel plans have been made to accommodate the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast.
As a result of the changes, the TFR in place significantly impacts business aviation operations at both Orlando Executive (ORL) and Orlando International (MCO) airports. In addition to changing the effective time window for the TFR at both airports, gateway airport procedures have been put in place for arrivals at certain times.
Additionally, Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) will have Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening in place for departures at certain times. There will be no TSA screening available at Orlando International Airport (MCO) during the TFR.
Both Kissimmee (ISM) and Sanford (SFB) airports are expected to remain fully operational during the TFR.
“The timing of the president’s trip is very unfortunate, but the reality is, he’s coming to Orlando because it’s the swing area of a critical swing state,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen earlier today. “We faced a similar situation during our Convention in Las Vegas in 2004, when both Senator Kerry and President Bush were campaigning there. As we did then, we will stay in constant communication with government agencies to ensure that the industry has up-to-the-minute information.”