Interagency Airspace Coordination

Friday (5/31/02) National Airspace System Update #2


Lots Happening! Here is a quick briefing of what's happening in airspace and some tips.

FIELD AIRSPACE COORDINATORS

Airspace issues are heating up. We currently have two field airspace coordinators in place to support the Southwest and Florida. Meg Gallagher is staffing the airspace desk at FICC for the Florida Dept of Forestry and Neal Wurschmidt is helping out the Southwest GACC in coordinating their airspace issues.

INTERAGENCY AIRSPACE COORDINATION GUIDE

Congrats are in order to Sheri Ashenfelt (NIFC External Affairs). Sheri was editing the final updates of the airspace guide when she went into labor early and had a wonderful baby girl. I have returned to Portland and am presently working with R-6 staff and hope to have the final product ready soon!!!

TFR DEPICTIONS - UP AND RUNNING - AIRSPACE WEBSITE BACK IN BUSINESS THIS WEEK

Neal Flagg (Computer program designer) and Dennis Griffin( Airspace website webmaster) have come back on board. You can go to www.fs.fed.us/r6/fire/aviation /airspace for TFR depictions. Be sure to check out the website as we will be placing new material and links on there during the upcoming weeks. Many thanks to Bob Roth for his help in making this happen.

BLM NEWS

Congrats to Mr. Ben Hinkle who has been identified as BLMs national airspace focal point. Ben is located in Boise and is presently in negotiations with Aeroplanner.com to design an airspace flight planning website. Welcome aboard Ben - looking forward to working with you on various airspace projects!

STORY FROM AOPA

May 29th was a great day. We didn't know AOPA was going to publish this story but we welcome their publicity in making the airspace over fires safer to fly in. Here's what they have posted on their website (www.aopa.org):

Busy wildfire season means pilots need to take extra care Be alert for flight restrictions, other hazards

May 29 - Firefighters in the southwestern United States have had their hands full over Memorial Day weekend with several very large wildfires, and ongoing drought conditions in much of the West and parts of the East could mean a very bad fire season. For pilots, that means extra caution is due whenever flying near any wildfire.

Very few brushfires grow large enough to require temporary flight restrictions, but it does happen. Like all TFRs, wildfire restrictions are issued by notam and are available both from DUATS and flight service stations. In addition, the U.S. Forest Service often posts graphical representations of the TFRs. As always, though, the only official record of a TFR is the notam, and the Forest Service site should be used for information only, not for navigation.

Pilots who spot any wildfire should, first and foremost, stay away. Contact the nearest ATC or FSS facility to report the location of the fire (preferably including a VOR radial and DME distance).

Besides the obvious danger of collision with air tankers and air attack aircraft over a major fire, other dangers include reduced visibility due to smoke and haze, strong downdrafts due to smoke columns and convective build-up, and high density altitudes and possible temperature inversions.

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GRAPHICAL DEPICTIONS OF SECURITY TFRS

AOPA (www.aopa.org) has posted a great set of graphical depictions of security TFR's on digitized sectionals on their website. Be sure to know where all the local security TFR's are located. Here is their story from their website:

AOPA provides graphical depictions of national security TFRs Memorial Day weekend trips may require extra careful planning

May 24 - The long holiday weekend is here, and many pilots are planning to take to the skies. But this Memorial Day weekend is much different than last year's, with nearly two dozen longstanding temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas scattered across the country for national security reasons.

In an effort to help pilots steer clear of those areas, AOPA has created graphical depictions of the 21 national security TFRs (look for "see graphic" at the end of the particular notams). These graphical TFRs are for information only and should not be used for navigation.

In addition to the 21 TFRs depicted, the "blanket" TFR restricting flight over professional or collegiate sporting events or major outdoor gatherings remains in effect. Pilots must remain at least 3 nm away from and more than 3,000 feet above any such event or gathering.

There is also a nationwide advisory for aircraft to remain away from nuclear power plants, water supplies, and other such assets. Pilots who do fly over such a facility should not loiter.

As always, pilots should request the most recent notams for these and any other flight restrictions during their preflight briefings.

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AND JUST WHERE ARE THOSE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS?

I have been working with Larry Mahaffey (IAMS coordinator for BLM) and they are planning to update IAMS to depict the location of nuclear power plants. There is a pretty comprehensive list of nuclear power plant lats/longs in Chapter 5 - Avoidance Locations located on the back page of your FLIP AP/1B. It's a PDF file so I can't copy the list and send it to you.

SPEAKING OF IAMS/CAHIS

The new IAMS handbook has been issued. It's a great resource. You can access it at http://www.nifc.blm.gov/nsdu/aviation/index.html

HERE IS A REMINDER OF HOW TO ACCESS OR UPDATE IAMS

Go to www.nifc.blm.gov and click on aviation - follow directions from there. It's a great tool! One of the greatest tools we have for airspace deconfliction.

NEW QUICK WAY TO AQUIRE TFRs FROM THE DOD/FAA WEBSITE

Have you seen it yet?? Starting May 6th, the DOD/FAA websites (https://www.notams.jcs.mil or https://www.notams.faa.gov) have a NEW feature. You no longer have to be knowledgeable about ICAO codes of your local ARTCC's. Simply click on the menu choice on the left entitled "FDC Notams, Special Notices and ARTCC Notams". You will then be presented with a page that already has the ARTCC's listed. Select the geographical area you are interested in or select the lower right hand button titled ALL TFRs and click on View. You will then have the text of the selected TFRs. You can also access the FDC Notams that specify current national flight rules.

NEW TFR REQUEST FORM

There is a new TFR request form available on the internet and in the National Mobilization Guide. The IAMS/CAHIS folks have changed their format so the two forms basically match. You can access the TFR request form at http://www.nifc.gov/news/nicc.html and select the pull down menu entitled "Coordination Forms". Scroll to the last two entries which are the TFR forms in two different formats. The rtf form has a formating problem (hope to get it corrected soon) but the pdf version is OK. (NOTE - you can also access the Temporary Tower request form from this same pull down menu.)

TEMPORARY TOWERS

A new Interagency Agreement with FAA NW Mountain Regional Headquarters has been negotiated and signed. Many thanks to Rich Harter and Sherri Gary (BLM) for their assistance in this project. This agreement cleared FAA's legal department and is available to be used as a template for other geographical areas. Give me a call if you would like a copy of this agreement and would like assistance in entering negotiations for an agreement for your geographical area.

BEST WEBSITES FOR AIRSPACE INFO:

Lots of great websites out there - here are some favorites:
www.avweb.com
www.aopa.org
www.aero-news.net
www.aeroplanner.com

That's all for now - Thanks to all those who make our airspace safer to fly in.....

Julie J. Stewart
National Airspace Program Manager - USFS
Regional Airspace Coordinator - USFS/BLM Pacific NW Region

Wk phone: 503-808-6728/Cell Phone: 503-780-0097 www.fs.fed.us/r6/fire/aviation/airspace




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