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Feds Create Window for Aircraft to Leave MVY Ahead of "Danny"

August 28, 2009 — Tropical Storm Danny is threatening the New England Region, and given the temporary flight restriction in place for President Obama’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, federal authorities (TSA, FAA, US Secret Service) have developed an alternative procedure that will allow aircraft operators currently positioned at Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY) to reposition their aircraft off the island. The alternative procedure only applies to aircraft wishing to depart MVY and is effective today, August 28, from 6-9 p.m. EDT.

FDC NOTAM 9/7050 (see below) exempts aircraft operators relocating their aircraft from MVY from the waiver requirements in FDC 9/5833. However, they would still be subject to TSA screening prior to departure. Departing aircraft also must remain on an active IFR or VFR flight plan with a discrete code assigned by air traffic control, continuously squawk the discrete code and remain in two-way radio communications with ATC at all times within the TFR. The System Operations Support Center (SOSC), 202-267-8276, is the FAA point of contact. Cape TRACON (K90), 508-563-1428, is the FAA coordination facility.

FDC 9/7050 ZBW MA... SPECIAL NOTICE... MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASSACHUSETTS, DUE TO THE VIP TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION (TFR) IN EFFECT AS DESCRIBED IN FDC 9/5833 AND THE APPROACHING TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE, EFFECTIVE 0908281000 UTC UNTIL 0908290100 UTC, AIRCRAFT OPERATORS RELOCATING THEIR AIRCRAFT FROM MARTHA'S VINEYARD (MVY) WILL BE CONSIDERED EXEMPT FROM THE WAIVER REQUIREMENTS AS CONTAINED IN FDC 9/5833 BUT WILL BE SUBJECT TO TSA SCREENING PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. AIRCRAFT OPERATORS MUST STILL COMPLY WITH ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS CONTAINED WITHIN FDC 9/5833. ALL AIRCRAFT MUST; REMAIN ON AN ACTIVE IFR OR VFR FLIGHT PLAN WITH A DISCRETE CODE ASSIGNED BY ATC, CONTINUOUSLY SQUAWK THE DISCRETE CODE AND REMAIN IN TWO-WAY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS WITH ATC AT ALL TIMES WITHIN THE TFR. THE SYSTEM OPERATIONS SUPPORT CENTER (SOSC), PHONE 202-267-8276, IS THE FAA POINT OF CONTACT. CAPE TRACON, (K90), PHONE 508-563-1428, IS THE FAA COORDINATION FACILITY.

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