Hawaiian Presidential TFR More Flexible to GA
December 23, 2010 — The FAA’s notice to airmen (NOTAM) for President Barack Obama’s Hawaiian holiday vacation on has been issued, creating a temporary flight restriction area over Honolulu from 2:45 a.m. local time on Thursday, December 23, to 11 p.m. on Monday, January 03, 2011.
The TFR, which will allow more freedom of movement for GA including flight training and tour operators, is centered on the Koko Head VORTAC (CKH), with concentric 10-nautical-mile and 30-nautical-mile rings, from the surface to 18,000 feet MSL (See the NOTAM here.)
As noted in last week’s FAA Flight Advisory, certain flight training and practice instrument approaches, as well as sightseeing and seaplane operations, will be allowed for regional operators who receive prior authorization from the FAA, Transportation Security Administration, and Secret Service. For such operators, the following operations are authorized from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily and at the following locations: flight training at Kalaeloa (PHJR) and Dillingham (PHDH) airports, practice approaches at Kalaeloa airport (PHJR), and sightseeing operations and seaplane operations landing and departing at Honolulu (PHNL) and on pre-approved routes. These operations may be canceled with little or no notice.
Specific operations prohibited within the TFR area include aerobatic flight, ultralight aircraft flights, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, maintenance test flights, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, and unmanned aircraft systems operations.
The FAA point of contact is the System Operations Support Center, available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. EST, 202-267-8276.
It will be incumbent upon aircraft operators in the area to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes and to ensure they have the latest procedures.