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Obama’s Pre-Inauguration Rail Journey Creates TFRs

January 15, 2009 — As foreshadowed last week, several notices to airmen (NOTAMs) have been issued announcing temporary flight restrictions and no-fly zones for Saturday, January 17, as President-Elect Barack Obama travels from Philadelphia to Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore (Perryville), Md., prior to the January 20 inauguration in Washington. His route retraces the last leg of Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural train ride to Washington in 1861, creating a series of TFRs along the railway corridor.

In Philadelphia, a 30/10-nm/18,000 msl TFR centered on the Woodstown VOR (OOD) will be active from 9:30 a.m.-noon local. In Wilmington, a 30/10-nm/18,000 msl TFR centered on the DuPont VOR (DQO) is in effect from noon-3 p.m.; and in Baltimore, a 30/10 nm/18,000 msl TFR centered on the Baltimore VOR (BAL) runs from 3-6 p.m.

In each city, private flights are prohibited within the 10 nm ring; between 10-30 nm, only IFR flights that are arriving and departing local airfields are authorized. Aircraft must have a discrete transponder code assigned by ATC and be in constant communication with controllers.

The FAA has made available a pair of Flight Advisory documents providing information regarding flight restrictions around our nation’s capital for planned pre-inauguration events on January 18 and Inauguration Day, January 20.

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