FAA Establish Airspace Restriction Over Super Bowl XLV

 

 
 
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FAA Establish Airspace Restriction Over Super Bowl XLV

By Daniel Baxter
 

December 13, 2010 - At the request of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, the FAA will establish airspace restrictions over Super Bowl XLV, to be in effect February 6, 2011, over Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

Super Bowl XLV will be the 45th annual edition of the Super Bowl in American football, and the 41st annual championship game of the modern-era National Football League (NFL). The game, to be played on February 6, 2011, will pit the champions of the AFC and the NFC and will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

This will be the first time that the Super Bowl will be held in the Dallas–Fort Worth area; the third time it will be held in Texas (Houston was the host city to Super Bowls VIII and XXXVIII); and, the fifth time the same city hosting the Super Bowl also hosted a World Series game the preceding autumn.

Under the authority granted by 49 USC, the FAA may apply restrictions within airspace under its jurisdiction. Any person who knowingly and willingly violates these restrictions may be subject to certain criminal and/or civil penalties. Pilots who violate security TFRs or procedures may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by Law Enforcement/Security Personnel.  

They may also be subject to the following actions, the FAA may take administrative action including imposing civil penalties and the suspension or revocation of airmen certificates, the United States Government may pursue criminal charges including charges under Title 49 of the United States Code Section 46307 and the United States Government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat. 

The restrictions will apply from 1530 local (CST) to 2359 local (CST) on February 6, 2011: 10 NMR Inner ring restrictions: All aircraft flight operations are prohibited from the surface up to but not including 18,000 Feet MSL within a 10 Nautical Mile Radius (NMR) of 324552N/0970534W or the TTT VOR/DME 197 degree radial at 6.8NM except as specified below: 

1. Approved Law Enforcement and DoD aircraft directly supporting the Super Bowl. Approved Air Ambulance flights. All approved aircraft must squawk an assigned discrete beacon code at all times, and are permitted to operate within the inner ring but must coordinate with the FAA at the Air Operations Center (AOC) prior to their departure to avoid potential delays. The published NOTAM will have the AOC phone number.

 

2. Regularly scheduled commercial passenger and all-cargo carriers operating under one of the following TSA-approved Standard Security Programs/Procedures: Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program (AOSSP), Full-All Cargo Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program (FACAOSSP), Model Security Program (MSP), Twelve Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) All Cargo, or All-Cargo International Security Procedure (ACISP) and are arriving into and/or departing from 14 CFR Part 139 airports. 

3. Non-commercial General Aviation (GA) operations are prohibited within the 10NM inner ring while the TFR is in effect. 10 NMR to 30 NMR Outer ring restrictions: All aircraft flight operations are prohibited from the surface up to, but not including, 18,000 Feet MSL between the 10 NMR and the 30 NMR of 324552N/0970534W or the TTT VOR/DME 197 degree radial at 6.8NM except as specified below:

1. All aircraft arriving or departing local airfields, and workload permitting, ATC may authorize transit operations with prior coordination with the Domestic Events Network (DEN). Aircraft may not loiter. All aircraft entering or exiting the TFR must be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan and must be assigned a discrete beacon code by an Air Traffic Control (ATC) facility and be squawking that code prior to departing or entering the TFR. 

2. All aircraft entering or exiting the TFR must remain in two-way radio communication with ATC. 

Fringe Airports

During the TFR, VFR operations to and from the following fringe airports will be permitted: Cleburne Municipal Airport (KCPT), Parker County Airport (KWEA), Kittyhawk Airport (0T7), and Mesquite Metro Airport (KHQZ). 

a. Pilots are not required to file a flight plan for arrivals or departures.

b. The aircraft must squawk code 1201 for KCPT, 1202 for KWEA, 1205 for 0T7, or 1206 for KHQZ to indicate the pilot's intent to arrive or depart one of these airports.

c. Arriving aircraft must squawk the appropriate airport code at least 10 NM prior to their destination airport, and at all times while in the TFR. Departing aircraft must squawk the appropriate code before departure.

d. Pilots must exit the TFR via the most direct route closest to the airport before proceeding on course or if arriving, enter the TFR and proceed to destination via the most direct and shortest route closest to the airport without entering the 10 NMR.

e. Pilots need not contact ATC unless otherwise directed, but the use of ATC services is highly recommended. 

f. If departing a fringe airport and intending to land at an airport in the outer ring of the TFR, all aircraft must be on an active IFR or VFR flight plan with a discrete code assigned by an Air Traffic Control (ATC) facility. Aircraft must be squawking the discrete code prior to departure and at all times while in the TFR and must remain in two-way radio communications with ATC. 

VFR Operations for Rhome Meadows Airport (T76) and Heritage Creek Airstrip Airport (58T).

a. Due to the proximity to the TFR boundary and to assist Federal agencies in identifying aircraft and pilot intent, pilots arriving or departing these airports must squawk the specific airport code.

 
   

b. Arriving aircraft must squawk the appropriate airport code at least 10 NM prior to the destination airport. Departing aircraft must squawk the appropriate code before departure.

c. The airport code for T76 is 1203 and for 58T is 1204.

In effect for the entire TFR: 

The following operations are not authorized within this TFR: flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, sightseeing operations, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, seaplane/amphibious water operations and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
 

 

 
 
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