Is your airplane stuck in traffic. Can’t fly your Citation in to Tuscaloosa 1 hour before kickoff on Saturday. Blame it on Trump.

The President’s decision to attend the Alabama LSU game in Tuscaloosa  will also clog up traffic at the Bibb County airport on Saturday. The no-fly zone stop will inconvenience pilots traveling through, landing, or departing from Bibb County International for several hours while Air Force One circles nearby Tuscaloosa, prior to and after the Elephant/Tiger throw down. Don’t plan to use Eutaw as an alternate either.

Bibb County Airport | Courtesy of The Bibb Voice

The FAA calls this a TFR, a temporary flight restriction. While the above paragraph is “tongue in cheek” a pilot who flies into a TFR gets into serious trouble and may meet an armed fighter jet in the process. While they won’t shoot you down a pilot can face sanctions, up to and including suspension of flight privileges for violating a TFR. So, if you know any pilots be sure they know that Bibb County is in the TFR zone for Saturday’s game.

The full wording of the TFR is printed below.

NOTAMs FDC 9/9555 and FDC 9/9556

NOTAMs have been published that will affect flight in the area during President Trump’s planned visit.  Keep in mind that Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (TCL) is within the 10 NM Radius No-Fly Zone.  No aircraft will be allowed to fly in or out of the airport during the effective times of the NOTAMs.  Please plan accordingly.

30 NM RADIUS TFR

Location

On the CRIMSON VORTAC (LDK) 215 degree radial at 3.3 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.

Times: 
1:15 PM CST until 8:00 PM CST Saturday, November 9, 2019

10 NM RADIUS NO-FLY ZONE

Location

On the CRIMSON VORTAC (LDK) 215 degree radial at 3.3 nautical miles.
From the surface up to but not including 18,000 feet MSL.

Times: 
1:15 PM CST until 8:00 PM CST Saturday, November 9, 2019

Affected  Public Use Airports
KTCL Tuscaloosa Regional Airport
3M8 North Pickens Airport
3A7 Eutaw Municipal Airport
0A8 Bibb County Airport

 

SOURCEThe Bibb Voice
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Mike Hobson is almost nearly, but not quite fully retired. He is committed to remain active and in the crossfire of criticism in order to agitate his critics and annoy his opponents. Southern by birth and a Conservative by choice he shares his experiences, dry wit, and fleeting wisdom through his writings on the Bibb Voice for the benefit of those who read to the end.

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