FAA Says "VIP Visit" Flight Restrictions To Be Announced
The FAA says it has been alerted to a planned VIP visit to
Honolulu, Hawaii "in the near future." The agency says that, to
ensure the airspace is secure during this visit, it will establish
restrictions in the airspace over Honolulu.
The FAA says these restrictions are designed to provide a safe
and secure environment for the VIP visit while enabling fair and
equitable access by other airspace users to the greatest extent
possible. Pursuant to 49 USC 40103(b), the FAA classifies the
airspace defined in this advisory and the associated Notice to
Airmen (NOTAM), which will be published in advance of the VIP
visit, as 'National Defense Airspace'. Pilots who do not adhere to
the procedures prescribed by the FAA for this airspace may be
intercepted, detained, and interviewed by law enforcement and/or
security personnel. Any or all of the following actions may also be
taken against pilots who do not comply with these mandated
procedures or any special
instructions for the defined airspace:
- The FAA may take administrative action, including imposing
civil penalties and the suspension or revocation of airmen
- The United States Government may pursue criminal charges,
including charges under Title 49 of the United States Code, Section
- The United States Government may use deadly force against the
airborne aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an
imminent security threat.
The restrictions indicated below will be implemented by the FAA
through a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) to be established in
the airspace over Honolulu as part of the security measures for the
VIP visit. The TFR will be centered on the following coordinates:
212702N/1574605W or the Koko Head VORTAC (CKH) 331011.7 and will
include airspace up to but not including 18,000 FT MSL. Operators
can expect restrictions in the form of concentric 10NM and 30NM
“rings” around the above reference point. The actual
time and date for activation of the TFR has not been determined.
The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs
frequently for possible changes and updates prior to conducting
operations in or
near to this area.
Pursuant to Title 14, Section 91.141 of the Code of Federal
Regulations, aircraft flight operations are prohibited except as
specified below and/or unless authorized by Air Traffic Control
(ATC) in consultation with the FAA’s Air Traffic Security
Coordinators via the Domestic Events Network (DEN). All aircraft
operations within the 10NM ring, excluding the airspace southwest
of the CKH 285
degree radial, are prohibited except for:
- Approved and pre-coordinated law enforcement and military
- Regularly scheduled commercial passenger and all-cargo carriers
operating under one of the following TSA-approved standard security
programs/procedures: Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program
(AOSSP), Full All-Cargo Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program
(FACAOSSP), Model Security Program (MSP), Twelve Five Standard
Security Program (TFSSP) All Cargo, or All-Cargo International
Security Procedure (ACISP) and are arriving into and/or departing
from 14 CFR Part 139 airports in the area covered by this TFR.
- Approved air ambulance and other emergency/life-saving flights.
To avoid potential delays prior to departure, these operators on
active life-saving missions should coordinate with ATC at
808-840-6201 prior to departure. This number will become active two
hours prior to the activation of the NOTAM.
2011 Hawaii "VIP" TFR
Operations within the airspace between the 10 NM and 30 NM rings
identified above, which is known as the “outer ring”
are limited to aircraft arriving or departing local airfields. ATC
may also, workload permitting, authorize transit operations.
Aircraft may not loiter. All aircraft must be on an active IFR or
VFR flight plan with a discrete code assigned by an ATC facility.
Aircraft must be squawking the discrete code prior to departure and
at all times while in the TFR. Aircraft must also remain in two-way
radio communication with ATC.
The following operations are not authorized within this TFR:
aerobatic flight, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations,
agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight
operations, banner towing operations, maintenance test flights,
model aircraft operations, model rocketry, and Unmanned Aircraft
Flight training, practice instrument approaches, seaplane and
sightseeing operations are prohibited within the TFR without prior
approval. Procedures are being developed that will allow these
types of flight operations for regional operators who receive prior
authorization from FAA,Transportation Security
Administration, and USSS. Information on obtaining prior
authorization will be provided at a later date.
Within a 4 NM ring, up to but not including 14,500 FT MSL, of
Dillingham Airport (PHDH), flight training, parachute jumping and
glider operations will be authorized from 1900 to 0300 UTS (0900 to
1700 Local) daily. Operators must coordinate with ATC prior to
their departure at 808-840-6201. Authorization to operate within
this area may be cancelled with little or no notice.
FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs
frequently for possible changes to the TFR prior to operations in
or near to this area. The FAA point of contact is the System
Operations Support Center, available 0600-2200 Eastern, M-F, phone
The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMS
frequently throughout this event for possible changes and to ensure
you have the latest procedures.