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AOPA ePilot        Special Airspace Bulletin        January 7, 2006
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A special notice to AOPA members in the Southern Arizona area


==> ATTENTION PILOTS <==

FAA TO ESTABLISH TFR OVER NOGALES, ARIZONA BEGINNING SUNDAY
AOPA is sending this message to advise pilots in and near Nogales, Arizona,
that the FAA has issued a security-related notam restricting flight in
that area beginning Sunday, January 8, through December 31, 2006.

The TFR boundaries extend from 313655N/1110600W to 313655N/1104502W to
312000N/1104502W to 312000N/1110430W to 312205N/1111100W, beginning
at 12,000 ft. msl. through 14,000 ft. msl. inclusive. It will be
in effect from 4:59 p.m. local until 7 a.m. local daily. See the full
text of the notam ( http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/notams.html#az )
along with a graphical depiction
( http://www.aopa.org/images/whatsnew/newsitems/2006/notams/6-0199.jpg ).
Pilots must remain on a discrete transponder code and maintain two-way
communications with ATC while operating within the TFR.

"While there has been ongoing discussion regarding TFRs for U.S. Customs
Border Patrol UAV operations, the unanticipated immediate implementation
of this TFR raises concerns that the FAA and the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) have not taken into consideration the impact that this kind
of TFR has on general aviation. The association staff is meeting with the
FAA, DHS, and other security officials next week to take up the issue,"
said Melissa Rudinger, vice president of regulatory affairs.

Because TFR airspace frequently changes, AOPA strongly encourages
pilots to obtain a briefing and CHECK NOTAMS before every flight.
TFR violators will be intercepted and forced to land.


==> HELPFUL WEB LINKS <==

AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner provides graphical depictions of TFRs
( http://www.aopa.org/flight_planner/ ). Check the FAA's TFR Web site
( http://tfr.faa.gov ).

Download the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's intercept procedures card
( http://download.aopa.org/epilot/2003/intercept.pdf )or review ASF's
"Know Before You Go" program ( http://www.aopa.org/asf/know_before/ ).