FAA Declares No-Fly Zone Above Trump Tower

FAA Declares No-Fly Zone Above Trump Tower

Prepare for flight delays at LaGuardia. The US Federal Aviation Administration has issued a new no-fly zone over Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan until 21 January 2017, the day President-elect Trump moves into the White House.

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The restriction went into place yesterday, extending a previous restriction of the same area from Tuesday.

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Classified as a temporary flight restriction (TFR) for VIP movement, the no-fly zone bans air traffic activity within a radius of two nautical miles (3.7km) of the southeastern corner of Central Park, which is just a few blocks from Trump Tower.

As Mashable notes, typical presidential TFRs have a 48km radius, This one is smaller because of the nearby commercial airports. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be annoying. This flight path is frequently used for media copters (most of the major television networks are based in midtown) and even helicopter tours.

Regular aeroplanes use this airspace too. Planes arriving from west of the Hudson River may have to adjust their flight plans. As if we needed more flight delays. Thanks, Trump!

[FAA via Mashable]