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Thu, Aug 11, 2011

Lee Bottom Flying Field Issues First Ever 'Non-Governmental TFR'

'Sinful Sunday' Ice Cream Social Protected By 'Myrtle Rose TFR'

The folks at Lee Bottom Flying Field in southern Indiana have issued what they say is the first ever non-governmental TFR, dedicated to Myrtle Rose.

Rose, as you probably know, is the 73-year-old woman who was recently escorted out of a Presidential TFR area by a pair of F-16s. Rose was out joyriding, as most of us would be wont to do on a nice weekend, in her vintage Piper Cub, and said she thought the pilots of the NORAD jets were just admiring her award-winning antique.

So, Rich Davidson, owner of Lee Bottom Flying Field, wrote on his blog "NORDO" that this Sunday, he was taking "the first daring step for everyone. On Sunday, August 14th, at 7 AM EST, Lee Bottom Flying Field will issue the first ever Non-Governmental TFR; from this point on to be known as a "Myrtle Rose TFR".

"Measured outward in all directions from the center-point of Lee Bottom Flying Field, with a radius of fifteen miles, once in effect any and all unknown or unfamiliar government equipment or representatives will be restricted from entrance. Any such unknown or unfamiliar government equipment or representatives attempting to enter Myrtle Rose TFR #00001 will be perceived as a an extreme terrorist threat and treated as such. Furthermore, government representatives operating in the area who are not approved to enter this TFR should review the NORAD rules for interception. Pilots being joined unexpectedly by two vintage taildraggers should assume they have strayed into Myrtle Rose Airspace and that they and their dirt stained F-16s will be escorted out of the area."

In his "official" posting, Davidson said the reason for the NOTAM is "to protect freedom loving pilots eating ice cream and peaches from the intrusions of government."

Davidson writes that his larger point is that Presidential VIP TFRs are largely pointless, in his view, and that "(t)he death of any President would not bring collapse nor would it bring anything but a short term change to the stock market. Yes, it would very emotional and dramatic but I believe it would ultimately reveal a country immensely capable of surviving such a perceived calamity. But that is the biggest fear of anyone in D.C."

So, government aircraft, take note of the TFR posted for a 15 mile circle around Lee Bottom Flying Field up to 5,000 feet this Sunday. They just might scramble a couple of Champs to escort you down the river.

FMI: http://networkedblogs.com/ltuxF

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