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Flying Your UAS (drone) When Obama Comes To Town

Unmanned Aircraft (UA) operations are normally discussed in Precision Ag Talk, but for those of you who don't visit that forum often, here is a glimpse of how a VIP visit affects air operations.  As you can see at the very end, if it flies, it's affected by these regulations.

NOTAM Notice To Airmen

TFR Temporary Flight Restriction

Notice the distances are in nautical miles, not statute miles

Times are published in UTC (zulu time or universal time also known as Greenwich time) but here has been changed to local time.

VOR/DME Very High Frequency Omnirange Receiver/Distance Measuring Equipment is a radio transmitter on the ground and as you can see serves as the reference point or locus of the TFR circle.  In this case notice there are two sets of TFR set at different locations off the Chicago VOR.  Think of two overlapping circles.

MSL Mean Sea Level

 

A TFR does not mean all air traffic is shut down.  Basically, you need to be on an IFR Instrument Flight Rules or VFR Visual Flight Rules flight plan with a discrete transponder radio code.  But note ATC Air Traffic Control will handle you on a space-available basis.  So American Airlines on a regular passenger flight will get in but you in your Piper Cub visiting your mother in Schaumberg, IL may or may not be permitted in, and a person flying a UA or model airplane may or may not get permission to fly it during the TFR.

 

A NOTAM has been published (FDC 7/2007) that will affect flight in the area during President Obama's planned visit.

30 NM RADIUS TFR
Location
On the CHICAGO O'HARE VOR/DME (ORD) 183 degree radial at 0.5 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.
Times
4:45 PM local until 6:00 PM local Tuesday, January 10, 2017
10:00 PM local until 11:15 PM local Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 NM RADIUS NO-FLY ZONE
Location
On the CHICAGO O'HARE VOR/DME (ORD) 183 degree radial at 0.5 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.
Times
4:45 PM local until 6:00 PM local Tuesday, January 10, 2017
10:00 PM local until 11:15 PM local Tuesday, January 10, 2017

30 NM RADIUS TFR
Location
On the CHICAGO O'HARE VOR/DME (ORD) 126 degree radial at 17.7 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.
Times
5:15 PM local until 10:30 PM local Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 NM RADIUS NO-FLY ZONE
Location
On the CHICAGO O'HARE VOR/DME (ORD) 126 degree radial at 17.7 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.
Times
5:15 PM local until 10:30 PM local Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Affected Public Use Airports

KORD Chicago O'Hare Intl
4H1 Schaumburg Muni Helistop
KPWK Chicago Executive
06C Schaumburg Rgnl
KMDW Chicago Midway Intl
KDPA Dupage
1C5 Bolingbrook's Clow Intl
C81 Campbell
3CK Lake In The Hills
KLOT Lewis University

TF8 Tinley Park Helistop
KUGN Waukegan Rgnl
KARR Aurora Muni
KJOT Joliet Rgnl
KGYY Gary/Chicago Intl
KIGQ Lansing Muni
05C Griffith-Merrillville
3HO Hobart Sky Ranch
C56 Bult Field

 

Additional Notes:
No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM (except as described).
Except as specified below and/or unless authorized by ATC in consultation with the air traffic security coordinator via the domestic events network (DEN):

A. All aircraft operations within the 10 NMR area(s) listed above, known as the inner core(s), are prohibited except for: Approved law enforcement, military aircraft directly supporting the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the office of the President of the United States, approved air ambulance flights, and 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. All emergency/life saving flight (medical/law enforcement/firefighting) operations must coordinate with ATC prior to their departure at 847-608-5911 to avoid potential delays.

B. For operations within the airspace between the 10 nmr and 30 nmr area(s) listed above, known as the outer ring(s): All aircraft operating within the outer ring(s) listed above are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields, and workload permitting, ATC may authorize transit operations. Aircraft may not loiter. 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.

C. The following operations are not authorized within this TFR: flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, seaplane operations, parachute operations, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, sightseeing operations, maintenance test flights, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and utility and pipeline survey operations.

D. FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check notams frequently for possible changes to this TFR prior to operations within this region.

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