Interagency Airspace Coordination

Tuesday (7/9/02) National Airspace System Update #6


What's Happening: Sorry for the delay since our last update. My laptop took a dive and I didn't have access to my address book. Thanks to some superb computer support, I am back on line. Here is what has been happening since 6/18/00.

So far, 12 Airspace coordinators have been assigned to provide support to the Rocky Mountain Region, California and the Southwest. We established a Airspace support desk at the Rocky Mountain GACC on June 6th and the desk is still active as of today. We currently have 5 field airspace coordinators immediately available for assignment depending on need.

Airspace Websites Update:

There are currently at least five websites where one can use several methods to acquire a depiction of a TFR. Here's the scoop on all the various TFR graphic websites. STAY TUNED - a new website is coming soon that will have real time TFR graphical depictions! Good news for all of us anxious to have a real time TFR airspace tool!!

Congrats to BLM Aviation: Their airspace website came on line July 1st and depicts graphic TFR's through aeroplanner.com. You can find their website at There is also a flight planner tool that you can access by getting a password from Ben Hinkle at 208-387-5184. The site is updated twice a day.

AOPA: AOPA is mapping non-fire TFR's at their website at www.aopa.org or at

FAA has started mapping some non fire TFR's at their website at www.faa.gov. or at

EAA is also doing TFR mapping at .

The Interagency Airspace website () received a huge boost from a great article in AVWEB newsletter (see below). So far, our website has had 20,000 hits in the past 323 days (remember, we were inactive over the winter.) We hit a high of 999 hits on Monday, July 1st when Avweb printed their article with all their links. Webmaster Dennis Griffin and Computer specialist Neal Flagg are doing an outstanding job keeping our information current and up to date. Many thanks for all their assistance. The Field airspace coordinators are extremely grateful for all the information located at the website. Check it out!!

From www.avweb.com July 1st newsletter:

Forest Service Gets It Right...

"While pilots attempt to plot lines from geographic coordinates and otherwise fly far away from anything that might be construed as a sensitive area, there's one arm of the government that's attempting to get pilots the information they need in a format that's harder to misinterpret. The National Airspace Program (NAP), which is a joint effort of the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, is offering daily updates and graphical depictions of various and changing TFRs around forest fires all over the West. The NAP is even making an effort to plot all TFRs on sectional charts (but not all charts are available nor are all non-fire-related TFRs graphically represented). It may strike some as odd that the Forest Service, which runs the forests, can manage the feat at all when the FAA, which runs the aviation system, can't, won't, or simply chooses not to, but even those are likely to be grateful. On June 29, the NAP Web site showed 21 fire-related TFRs in the West. There's a lot of room to maneuver around most of them but in Colorado a very fast aircraft could turn the TFRs into a bit of a slalom course. As good as the site is, its authors recognize their own limitations and remind those who log on that the situation can change from minute to minute. Bottom line is accept the pilot's responsibility and make sure you get all NOTAMs and other information about your intended flight prior to departure -- and especially before you head out this weekend. Just don't forget to have fun!

NOTE: As we've previously reported, AOPA (while not a government agency) is also doing its best to provide graphical representations of the TFRs to pilots. We encourage you to have a look. "

Whats been happening with the fire TFR's?

Our webmaster maintains a daily bar chart that shows how many fire TFRs we have had so far this fire season. An interesting historical note is that the Rodeo-Chediski fire was issued a rare 91.137 (a)1 due to political considerations. The two fires were almost 500,000 acres with four IMT's and almost 100 tactical aircraft. Personally, we would love to have an (a) 1 TFR for all fires but it is unlikely the FAA will issue them for us except under extenuating circumstances. The last two (a) 1 TFR's were in 1988 for Yellowstone and during the 90's for a fire involving powerlines in Utah.

From the AOPA Website:

FAA issues flurry of flight restrictions over national landmarks Airspace over Statue of Liberty, Gateway Arch, and Mt. Rushmore off limits June 25 � The other shoes have dropped. FAA has issued additional temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) over national landmarks in response to security warnings about possible terrorist activities during the July 4th holiday. The TFRs cover the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. The "no fly" area over the Statue of Liberty extends for a one-nautical-mile radius of the statue from the surface to 1,500 feet [see graphic ] and is in effect until September. The Mt. Rushmore TFR extends for a four-nautical-mile radius from the surface to 10,000 feet [see graphic ]. The TFR goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. (local) July 3 and ends at 11:59 p.m. July 6. The restriction around the St. Louis arch, effective from midnight on the 4th through 11:59 a.m. on the 5th, extends for a three-nautical-mile radius at and below 3,000 feet.

"The new security TFRs, along with the 20-plus existing security TFRs, must be taken seriously by pilots," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "The stakes are very high. General aviation cannot afford the fallout resulting from airspace violations."

Pilots should specifically query the flight service briefer for notams when flying close to any monument or symbolic structure. AOPA also urges pilots to comply with the FAA's advisory to avoid overflights of or "loitering" near nuclear and conventional power plants, dams, refineries, industrial complexes, military facilities, and similar structures. To help pilots avoid security TFRs, AOPA has updated its security notam page to more easily locate TFRs within specific geographic regions.

2002 AIRSPACE ASSIGNMENTS UPDATE � WHO HAS BEEN WHERE:

Gary Jewett (USFS) June 6-20th Rocky Mtn GACC, Denver, CO
July 1st-present Estrn Grt Basin GACC, Salt Lk City
Jim Unruh (AD) June 8th-June 22nd` California (MAFFS) & Denver, CO
June 25th-July 6 Area Command, AZ
Steve Hirschi (NPS) June 12th- 27th Durango, CO
July 2nd-present Vernal, UT
Mike Limb (BLM) June 14th- 29th Denver, CO
Bruce Collins (AD) June 17th-July 2nd Denver, CO
Arnold James (AD) June 18th-July 2nd Denver, CO
Lee Harrison (NPS) June 19th- July 3rd Durango, CO
Bob Ensley (USFS) June 19th- 28th Denver, CO
J. Stewart (BLM/USFS) June 19th- 22nd Denver, CO
June 27th-July 1st Show-Low, AZ
Karl Krauter (AD) June 27th-July 10th Denver, CO
Neal Wurschmidt (USFS) June 30th-present Denver, CO
Jim Traub(NPS) June 25th-July 6th Durango, CO

USFS AIRSPACE SAFECOM UPDATE

So far 82 SAFECOMS (out of 485) deal with airspace issues. Last year there were a total of 96 SAFECOMS out of 775 related to airspace. A SAFECOM analysis will soon be published. One trend that has already been noted is the high occurrence of DoD related aircraft (18 SAFECOMS so far this year!) This is up from the 10 SAFECOMS last year. This was relayed to DoD airspace managers at the Pentagon and Ft. Belvoir and they are reviewing DoD related SAFECOMs to see what they can do to assist us. They are monitoring both the USFS and OAS SAFECOM websites. There have been no DoD SAFECOMS since they were alerted.

HELP US HELP YOU

What would you like to see on the Interagency Airspace Website? Please let us know so we can better assist you with your airspace coordination. In the meantime, don't hesitate to call either myself or Ben Hinkle if you have any airspace questions. Safe flying everyone! Julie

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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