Saturday, November 15, 2008

How to look up a TFR

Can I fly through a TFR?

Yes and No (of course it is an FAA question), If you are receiving flight following or on an IFR flight plan and was cleared through it. When I lived in FL the ones I had experience with were the Space Shuttle TFRs and those you canNOT fly through,. While in NJ there were often ones over the UN  and those you can't fly through either.When I moved t California I was introduced to the  fire/natural disaster type TFRs which you can fly through ..sometimes ...(I will not be doing so VFR).

91.137-91.39  states in great detail the hows and whys

The AIM has a chapter on Other Airspace that describes the differences in the airpaces and even gives examples of the NOTAMS that will be issued for them. At the bottom of this entry is just the begining of that reference. 

Here is another reason why you should not even come close to one unless cleared, a very cool video

a. General. This paragraph describes the types of conditions under which the FAA may impose temporary flight restrictions. It also explains which FAA elements have been delegated authority to issue a temporary flight restrictions NOTAM and lists the types of responsible agencies/offices from which the FAA will accept requests to establish temporary flight restrictions. The 14 CFR is explicit as to what operations are prohibited, restricted, or allowed in a temporary flight restrictions area. Pilots are responsible to comply with 14 CFR Sections 91.137, 91.138, 91.141 and 91.143 when conducting flight in an area where a temporary flight restrictions area is in effect, and should check appropriate NOTAMs during flight planning.
b. The purpose for establishing a temporary flight restrictions area is to:
1. Protect persons and property in the air or on the surface from an existing or imminent hazard associated with an incident on the surface when the presence of low flying aircraft would magnify, alter, spread, or compound that hazard (14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(1));
2. Provide a safe environment for the operation of disaster relief aircraft (14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(2)); or
3. Prevent an unsafe congestion of sightseeing aircraft above an incident or event which may generate a high degree of public interest (14 CFR Section 91.137(a)(3)).
4. Protect declared national disasters for humanitarian reasons in the State of Hawaii (14 CFR Section 91.138).
5. Protect the President, Vice President, or other public figures (14 CFR Section 91.141).
6. Provide a safe environment for space agency operations (14 CFR Section 91.143).