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Old 05-16-2003, 07:17 PM   #1
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Presidential travel TFR's

In today's ePilot (for those of you who don't get it):
As President Bush ramps up for his reelection campaign and continues to stump for his tax-cut proposal, those responsible for his security have apparently decided that general aviation is too great a threat to allow anywhere near him. The temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that are created whenever the president travels outside Washington, D.C., state that "military, law enforcement, emergency medical aircraft, regularly scheduled commercial passenger and cargo aircraft may operate within the area"–wording that deliberately excludes Part 91 and most Part 135 (air taxi and on-demand air carriers) from the restricted zone. "Always in the past, talking to air traffic control and transmitting an ATC-assigned discrete transponder code was enough to gain admission for GA aircraft," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "So what has changed? Is there a specific and credible threat? If so, tell us. Pilots understand national security concerns and will play by the rules. But if not, give us back access to our skies." Pilots need to be aware that the president plans to travel almost every day in support of his tax proposal, so pay attention to the news. If the president is going to be anywhere near your proposed flight path, ask briefers specifically about temporary flight restrictions in that area. For more, see AOPA Online.
Do they really mean no Part 91 operations, even with 2-way radio and discreet transponder? I couldn't understand from the wording...

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