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FAA Releases Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM for College Football Championship

2018 College Football Championship Game – Atlanta, GA

Those with companies whose business could take them to Atlanta, GA between Jan. 5-9 will want to familiarize themselves with the FAA’s air traffic procedures NOTAM for the area on those dates. The FAA has released the guidance in conjunction with the college football national championship, which will be held on Jan. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

The following airports in the Atlanta area could see ATC traffic management initiatives if demand exceeds capacity in either the airspace or at the terminal.

  • Atlanta Hartsfield−Jackson International (ATL)
  • Dekalb−Peachtree (PDK)
  • Fulton County Airport – Brown Field (FTY)
  • Gwinnett County Airport, Briscoe Field (LZU)
  • Cobb County Airport, McCollum Field (RYY)

Aircraft Parking

Parking reservations may be required if operating into one of the airports listed above. Pilots are encouraged to contact their FBO of choice for parking availability prior to arrival. Contact the FBO directly for information on parking reservation programs that may be in effect. If parking areas reach capacity, airport management may ask arrivals without prior parking arrangements to depart.

Preferred Arrival Routes

The FAA has published preferred arrival routings into PDK, FTY, RYY and LZU during the event. They are noted below. Flight operators should file the standard preferred departure routes out of the Atlanta area. Reroutes, if required, will be handled tactically by ATC.

From the Northeast:

  • FLM APPLS DEHAN1
  • FLM APPLS DEHAN1
  • FLASK VIEWS DEHAN1

From the Southeast:

  • CAE KISTN WRGNZ1
  • KERLY SHRLT WRGNZ1
  • MMMOE WRGNZ1 (for SAV area only)

From the Southwest:

  • MEI KEEPS BOKRT2
  • GCV KEEPS BOKRT2
  • DAWWN KEEPS BOKRT2
  • CEW MGM KEEPS BOKRT2

From the Northwest:

  • WUDYA BUKHD1
  • RIZZZ BUKHD1
  • LPTON SWTEE1

NOTE: Pilots may expect reroute when necessary to balance traffic flow.

View the FAA NOTAM. (PDF)

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) Expected

TFRs are expected around the stadium the evening of the game, which will impact general aviation operations. Complete details will be made available on this webpage once the TFR NOTAM is published. The TFR NOTAM is expected to be published no later than 72 hours prior to the game.

Best Practices for Operators

  • Contact the FBO, and advise them of scheduled arrival and departure dates and times to ensure parking availability.
  • Operators should file normal preferred departure routes on departure from the Atlanta area.
  • Operators should be aware of the expected TFR located around the stadium the evening of the game.
  • Operators should file flight plans in and/or out of the Atlanta area between 24 and 10 hours prior to planned departure (the earlier the better).
  • If an FAA-managed ground delay program is in effect, operators can obtain their expected departure clearance time from their flight plan service provider or the View the FAA website.