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Company Leads Effort to Reduce Size of TFRs

Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The Director of Operations at McMahon Helicopters in Canton, MI, has posted a petition on the White House "We The People" website in an effort to convince the government to reduce the size and duration of TFRs over sporting events and during Presidential visits.

"Sporting Event Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) prohibit aircraft flight operations within a 3 nautical mile radius of the venue. Every MLB, NFL, and NCAA Football games (with seating capacities 30,000 or greater) carry a TFR beginning one-hour prior to the event – extending to one-hour after the event.  There are thousands of these TFRs annually costing aviation businesses millions of dollars in lost revenue.  3-nautical mile radius restrictions are large enough to blanket entire metropolitan areas – shutting down aviation business for the duration in every major market.  Worse yet, Presidential TFRs create restrictions with a 30+ nautical mile radius around the President.  This is thousands of square miles of airspace.  TFRs need to be reduced SIGNIFICANTLY in size."

For more information on the petition, visit http://wh.gov/Vexj.