FAA Declares No-Fly Zone Above Trump Tower

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FAA Declares No-Fly Zone Above Trump Tower

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FAA Declares No-Fly Zone Above Trump Tower

By Ofonime Essien

Trump Tower

Police officers help to install concrete barriers around Trump Tower, the home of President-elect Donald Trump, in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. A day after Trump, against all odds, won election as America’s 45th president, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday lamented that the nation proved to be “more divided than we thought” but told supporters: “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In another demonstration of the repercussions of Trump’s victory, the Federal Aviation Administration has now banned flights over midtown Manhattan—where Trump Tower is located—until Trump moves into the White House in January.

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The temporary flight restriction, or TFR in FAA-speak, went into effect on Nov. 9 and continues through Jan. 21, 2017. It bans flights from the surface through 3,000 feet with a radius of 2 miles. According to the FAA’s website, the restriction’s reason is “VIP movement.”

Trump Tower

While TFRs are frequently issued for presidential visits at the request of the Secret Service, this one blocks off flights over a popular corridor for helicopter tours, media choppers and even airliners maneuvering in the busiest airspace in the country.

Because of nearby commercial airports, it’s smaller than typical presidential TFRs, which have a radius of 30 miles.

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Still, flights on approach to LaGuardia Airport frequently fly northward above the west side of Manhattan or Hudson River at about 3,000 feet.

In other words, this restriction could lead to more flight delays at LaGuardia. The restrictions do not affect helicopters going into or out of heliports on the east and west sides of Manhattan.

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The FAA has narrowed the no-fly zone slightly, allowing some general aviation traffic over the western edge of the Hudson River. It also contains provisions regarding aircraft in contact with air traffic controllers at the area’s major airports.







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Ofonime Essien

Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur. He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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