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President of the United States (POTUS) TFR Near Palm Beach International Airport
Updated March 16, 2017
A President of the United States (POTUS) TFR for Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and the surrounding area will be in effect any time President Donald Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, FL. The TFR will be activated via NOTAM. View the latest VIP TFR NOTAMs.
The POTUS TFR will be implemented because of the proximity of Mar-a-Lago to PBI, as the residence is 2.1 nautical miles (nm) away, and is in the final arrival path for Runway 28R.
The TFR will affect airspace 30 miles around Palm Beach from the surface to 17,999 feet. Operators should expect potential required or tactical reroutes, and non-standard routing in the vicinity of the inner 10 nm TFR core.
The following is a summary of key points of the typical TFR, although pilots must review specific NOTAM language each time a TFR is published and active, as details may change:
- The POTUS TFR will consist of a 10 nm inner core and a 30 nm outer core from the surface to 17,999 feet, near PBI.
- When the TFR is active, all operations will be prohibited in the 10 nm inner core of the TFR, except:
- POTUS aircraft
- Military aircraft supporting the U.S. Secret Service
- Approved law enforcement, air ambulance, and firefighting operations
- Scheduled commercial and cargo flights under TSA Standard Security Programs
- General aviation aircraft using specific gateway airport screening procedures, which will be outlined in the TFRs
- Arrival/inbound gateway screening locations are:
- Orlando International Airport (MCO) – Signature, Atlantic Aviation
- Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) – Shelt Air
- Westchester County White Plains Airport (HPN)– Taxi Way Charlie
- Teterboro Airport (TEB) – Meridian (Changed March 16)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) - Dulles Jet Center, Signature Flight Support, Jet Aviation
- Departure/outbound gateway screening is available at the following PBI locations:
- Signature Flight Support
- Jet Aviation
- Atlantic Aviation
- Gateway procedures will require:
- Registration with the TSA for gateway screening at least 24 hours prior to departure by calling the phone number provided in each NOTAM. The phone number for NOTAM 7/2646 is 561-616-9650.
- Gateway screening is provided between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time
- Operational procedures include:
- Continuous radio contact with ATC
- Continuous squawk of ATC-assigned discrete code
- No intermediate stops unless an emergency exists
Aside from arrival and departure traffic to PBI, other aircraft operations within the 10 nm inner core will be impacted when the TFR is in active.
- At PBI:
- No practice approaches
- No coastline traffic
- Adjusted departure headings for Runway 10L/10R/14 will be in place to avoid a buffer zone
- All general aviation arrivals must use Runway 32
- Arrivals on Runway 28R will be on a modified flight path
- At Lantana (Palm Beach County Park) Airport (LNA):
- No operations except arrivals from gateway airports
- Options to allow limited operations are being reviewed
- At Gwinn Airport (06FA):
- Flight testing is restricted
In the 10-30 nm outer ring of the TFR, the follow policies apply:
- Outer ring traffic is limited to aircraft arriving to or departing from local airports
- Overflights may be approved based on ATC workload and other conditions
- Aircraft may not loiter and must fly point-to-point:
- On an aircraft flight plan (IFR or VFR)
- Squawking ATC-assigned discrete code
- Remain in radio contact with ATC
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) and Stuart Airport (SUA) will also have modifications to VFR operations only.
- At FXE and SUA, VFR flights will be allowed a 2 nm cutout to the outer core.
- Do not enter the TFR unless you are in positive contact with ATC – pattern aircraft should remain outside the TFR if uncertain of positive contact.
Once an aircraft is processed by the TSA at the gateway location, the aircraft will be continuously monitored for compliance until it reaches the destination. Local mission aircraft, such as power line, pipe line and agricultural management operations may be permitted on a case-by-case basis with approval of the FAA, TSA and U.S. Secret Service.
Some types of operations will be prohibited when the TFR is active, including flight training, practice instrument approaches, maintenance test flights, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, and others.
NBAA advocated to increase the number of gateway airport locations to include three northern gateways at Westchester County Airport (HPN), Teterboro Airport (TEB) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and improve gateway locations over those initially proposed by the agencies. These gateway locations better reflect actual business aircraft operations and allow for more flexibility.
NBAA also is working to expand gateway screening hours, especially for outbound traffic leaving PBI, since operational data indicates frequent departures outside of the proposed screening times.
Members are encouraged to provide feedback on the operational and economic impact of the POTUS TFR at PBI, as the FAA, TSA and U.S. Secret Service have been willing to consider data-based alternatives to their original proposals to accommodate business aviation while maintaining an acceptable level of security and safety. Contact Sarah Wolf at email@example.com.
This web page will incorporate any changes to these procedures once approved by government agencies.