Friday, December 06, 2013

TFR Dec 20-Jan 5: All sites closed except Dillingham

Update as of 1/3: President will leave on Saturday, January 4 at 9:30 pm Hawaii Time. Normal paragliding flights anywhere on Oahu may resume first thing Sunday morning.

Flying on Oahu is restricted from December 20, 2013 at 11:30 PM to January 5, 2014 at 8 PM, while the President is on the island. Paragliders will only be allowed to fly one site on the island: flying will be limited to a 5 nm radius around Dillingham airfield, between 9 AM and 5 PM, after confirming authorization from HNL ATC each day.

Check the NOTAM list on the FAA website for details on the TFR. Updated NOTAMS are issued frequently regarding the TFR - please refer to the list for the most recent changes.

The consequence of any infraction will be immediate scrambling of fighter jets. The FAA document threatens federal civil and criminal penalties as well as the use of deadly force.

Although the entire island is under the flight restriction, we will be allowed to fly paragliders within 5 nautical miles of Dillingham Airfield between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM HST, along with the sailplanes and skydivers.

We will need to designate one pilot to call Honolulu Airport Air Traffic Control at 808-840-6201 before the first pilot flies on a given day. ATC may tell us that there is no flying authorized on a given day, and they won't explain why. It will probably be because of presidential movement. If they authorize the flying, they may ask for contact information. They may also ask us to call again when the last pilot lands for the day. Please call me if you have questions about this protocol, or if you run into any problems with it.

See this mapping tool for a map of the Dillingham area where we will be allowed to fly between 9 and 5.

Keep in mind that the other islands are not affected by this TFR, so pilots on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai will still be flying during this period. Depending on how the weather turns out, there's a good chance many of us will be scheduling flying junkets to those islands at some point.

Thanks for your cooperation. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

(On the east coast until January)