Recurring Presidential Flight Restrictions

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THE PROBLEM: Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions are adopted whenever any U.S. President travels to a location away from Washington, DC or Camp David, MD. Recurring Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions (PTFRs) are imposed on local airspace by U.S. Homeland Security when there are repeated visits to the same location. Some of these are not “Temporary” and can last for weeks.

Recurring PTFRs have proven to be highly disruptive to Martha’s Vineyard, MA, to Northern New Jersey and to the airspace around Lantana, FL. Airports within the ten-mile radius of the Presidential residence are closed to all general aviation traffic. The economic cost of this restricted airspace to the affected regions is huge.

Recurring flight restrictions impose a hardship on pilots, airport owners and businesses that rely on aircraft to engage in commerce. Within the thirty-mile PTFR radius, aviation businesses such as crop dusting and skydiving are also completely shut down. Airport owners might be compensated for lost revenue during the closed periods but not the unknown damage, however, business aircraft users at closed airports are not.

THE SOLUTION: After September 11, 2001, three public use general aviation airports in the Washington, DC area, Hyde, Potomac and College Park, were closed to all flight operations.

The PTFR solution already exists. Nothing needs to be invented by Congress. We ask for nothing more than the opportunity to apply for the same ‘Maryland Three” privileges to operate at airports within the ten nautical mile PTFR radius that are currently closed to personal and business aviation. This proposal will not hamper Homeland Security’s important job of protecting the President while allowing the law abiding public to use aircraft and airports.

After some years of closure and inactivity, the airport owners petitioned Congress and obtained relief from flight restrictions. Congress implemented the “Maryland Three Program” for pilots to fly at these three airports in much the same manner as TSA enacted ‘Trusted Traveler’ rules for airline passengers. Pilots are screened to be given a PIN code so they can operate in and out of the inner ring of the PTFR under a filed flight plan.

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