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FAA Gives Advance Notice of TFRs for G8, NATO Summits


May 3, 2012 - The United States will host the NATO and G8 summits in two weeks, and two recently issued FAA flight advisories inform pilots that TFRs will be in place in those designated “National Defense Airspace” areas. The G-8 Summit will be held at Camp David, Thurmont, Maryland, May 18-19, and the 25th NATO Summit will occur in Chicago May 19-21.

Both TFRs will have 10-nautical mile inner rings that prohibit virtually all flight ops and 30-nautical mile outer rings that heavily restrict operations, surface to 18,000 feet AGL. NOTAMs issued for the G8 may change with little or no notice, so pilots are advised to check frequently prior to operating near these sensitive areas. EAA urges pilots to contact a Flight Service Station at 800-WX-BRIEF prior to flight to check for all current NOTAMs.

Being in violation of TFRs could have dire consequences, the FAA warns. According to the flight advisories:

"Pilots who do not adhere to the ... procedures may be intercepted, detained, and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel. Any of the following additional actions may also be taken against a pilot who does not comply with the requirements or any special instructions or procedures announced in this NOTAM:

A. The FAA may take administrative action, including imposing civil penalties and the suspension or revocation of airmen certificates; or

B. The United States Government may pursue criminal charges, including charges under Title 49 of the United States Code, Section 46307; or

C. The United States Government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat.

"Be advised that noncompliance with the published NOTAM may result in the use of force."


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