Final on Olympic no fly zone

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From AOPA.Org:

FAA unveils major airspace restrictions for SLC Winter Olympics
Salt Lake City-area GA pilots will be grounded for 19 days
Update: Dec. 7 — FAA has made official what AOPA first reported last week; Utah pilots along the Wasatch Front will be essentially grounded during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
"The primary concern for AOPA and its members is the impact that this will have on local pilots and flight schools," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of government and technical affairs. "We are continuing to talk to FAA about developing some sort of local procedures or relief for local operators."

AOPA staff in attendance at the first of a series of public airspace meetings in Salt Lake City this week confirmed that the FAA intends to implement a security plan that will severely restrict general aviation operations within a 45-nm radius of Salt Lake City International Airport. The temporary flight restrictions area (TFR) will extend from surface to 18,000 feet msl for 19 days, beginning on February 6, 2001.

That will affect airports from Brigham City to Spanish Fork, and Tooele to Heber. Local pilots who need to operate in this airspace must comply with a comprehensive security clearance approval.

AOPA has been working with FAA for months and has argued for less onerous restrictions. AOPA would like to see a plan allowing limited flight instruction through "approved" flight schools and ingress and egress routes for these localized activities, routes that would take traffic away from the Olympic venues.

However, the extraordinary security concerns surrounding the international games require a very high level of control. At the public meeting this week, FAA officials confirmed that no flight training operations will be allowed. Further, any general aviation operator wishing to fly in the Olympic Ring TFR - both IFR and VFR - must get a security clearance.

Under the FAA plan, all pilots and flight crewmembers must receive authorization from the Utah Olympics Public Safety Command (UOPSC) prior to entering or operating within the 45 nautical mile Olympic Ring TFR. All aircraft operating in the Salt Lake City area, as well as pilots, flight crew, passengers and cargo must undergo physical inspection by a UOPSC security team prior to each flight.

GA operators must first apply for accreditation with the Utah Olympics Public Safety Command (UOPSC). This process includes a photo identification, fingerprinting and criminal background check at a cost of $15.00. The application must be made before January 21st.

If approved, all departing operations must file a flight plan (VFR and IFR) and are subject to a pre-departure security check prior to take-off. Flights entering the Olympic Ring TFR must first land at an outlying airport for security screening. The screening airports are Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Las Vegas, and Boise. Once approved, the flight must be nonstop to the final destination inside the TFR.

In addition to the Olympic Ring TFR, nine smaller TFRs will be activated at various times throughout the Winter Olympics. These nine areas are depicted as magenta discs on the Special Edition Salt Lake City Sectional Chart dated November 29, 2001. Areas range in size from 2.0 to 3.0 nm diameter and are centered over an Olympics Venue.
 

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Sucks for GWA, UVSC, and Westminster, Good for Utah State University's program. Sounds like the students gets to work on ground for a little bit!
 

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Actually, USU is within the 45 mile zone and is NOT a screening airport; no operations whatsover would be allowed at Logan, other than perhaps a one-time landing. You couldn't get security screened to take off again under the 45 mile exclusion. Also grounds every aircraft at Bountiful, Tooele Valley and anywhere else inside the zone that is not SLC, SLC#2, Heber or Provo.

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Actually, Logan is outside of the 45 mile ring. Logan will be business as usuall
 
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