Hurricane Michael

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Michael Update from NBAA Air Traffic Services

Updated Oct. 11, 2018, 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC)

National Hurricane Center Advisory

According to the National Hurricane Center’s Advisory #19A, issued at 1200z:

At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Michael was located near latitude 34.1 North, longitude 81.8 West. Michael is moving toward the northeast near 21 mph (33 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed through tonight. A turn toward the east-northeast and an even faster forward speed are expected on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will continue to move across central South Carolina this morning, then move across portions of central and eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia this afternoon and this evening, and move into the Atlantic Ocean by late tonight or early Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected today, with the strongest winds primarily spreading northward along the coast of the Carolinas. Michael is forecast to intensify as it becomes a post-tropical low over the Atlantic late tonight or early Friday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km) mainly over water to the southeast of the center. A coastal marine observing site at Folly Island, South Carolina recently reported a sustained wind of 45 mph (72 km/h) with a gust to 54 mph (87 km/h). A wind gust to 49 mph (80 km/h) was recently observed in Charleston, South Carolina.

The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations is 986 mb (29.12 inches).

Airport & Airspace notes:

There are numerous airport closures throughout the Florida panhandle and in Georgia. The following are listed on the FAA OIS page: AAF, ABY, CEW, DHN,DTS, ECP, MCN, NPA, PAM, and WRB. We don't expect additional ATC ZERO scenarios now that the storm has been downgraded, but there still may be some additional frequency and equipment outages.

Return to service for the outages will depend on how long it takes to get people to airport or equipment sites to assess any damage that may have occurred during the hurricane. This is where we remind you to check with your FBO of choice to make sure that they are also open and can provide the necessary services.

The Command Center may still implement Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) in order to protect the airspace for rescue and recovery operations. If they use TFRs, we will try to pass along any requirements and/or restrictions as quickly as possible.

The ACA NOTAMs, or Airspace Coordination Areas have been issued. While not restrictive in nature like a TFR, the ACAs will encourage pilots to "exercise extreme caution while operating in these areas due to ongoing current rescue operations."

NOTAMs are the best source of information regarding airport, equipment and facility status.

Right now there are no required routes as a result of the storm. However, the Command Center is strongly encouraging the use of the Atlantic Routes (ARs) between NC and FL, as well as the AZEZU deep-water routes for anyone capable of lying them. These routes move traffic over the water, relieving some of the inland pressure and possibly preventing the need for the more impactful required reroutes. Further north, we may see the Command Center move some traffic out of Washington Center (ZDC) and into Cleveland Center (ZOB) - this may result in some required routes to make that happen.

Equipment Information

MEXICO

  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (ATP) GBTS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN.
  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (GRY) AWOS FAILED.
  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (IK0) AWOS FAILED.
  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (ATP) AWOS FAILED.
  • GULF OF MEXICO, MX (DSF) AWOS FAILED.

TEXAS

  • BRAZOS OIL PLATFORMS, TX (BBF) AWOS FAILED
  • ODESSA, TX (ODO) ASOS SERVICE A FAILED
  • URSA, TX (47D) GBTS FAILED

ALABAMA

  • DOTHAN, AL (DHN) FDAT FAILED
  • DOTHAN, AL (DHNA) FCOM 121.5 MHZ FAILED
  • DOTHAN, AL (DHN) RWY 14 LOC TX 1 FAILED
  • EUFAULA, AL (EUF) VOR ON STANDBY ENGINE GENERATOR

GEORGIA

  • ALBANY, GA (ABY) GBTS FAILED
  • ALBANY, GA (ABYA) FCOM 121.5 MHZ FAILED
  • ALBANY, GA (ABYA) ECOM 125.75 MHZ FAILED
  • ASHBURN, GA (QHN) RDAT/BDAT FAILED
  • BAINBRIDGE, GA (BGE) BUEC 128.07/307.20 AND 134.45/227.1250 MHZ FAILED
  • COLUMBUS, GA (CSG) ECOM 120.45/298.85 AND 125.575/353.95 MHZ FAILED
  • COLUMBUS, GA (CSG) TACAN UNMONITORED
  • COLUMBUS, GS (CSG) FCOM 122.10 MHZ FAILED
  • MACON, GA (MCN) ASR PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • MACON, GA (MCN) VOR UNMONITORED
  • MACON, GA (MCNT) TISB FAILED
  • MACON, GA (MCH) FCOM 122.1 MHZ FAILED
  • WIREGRASS, AL (RRS) VOR ON STANDBY ENGINE GENERATOR

LOUISIANA

  • ATLANTIS, LA (QA8) RCAG 135.775 MHZ PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • RAM POWELL, LA (18D) GBTS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN

FLORIDA

  • CRESTVIEW, FL (CEW) RWY 17 GS (CEW) TX 2 FAILED
  • CRESTVIEW, FL (CEW) RWY 17 GS (CEW) ON BATTERY POWER
  • CRESTVIEW, FL (CEW) VOR FAILED
  • CROSS CITY, FL (CTYU) BDAT PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • EBRO, FL (27D) GBTS FAILED
  • GREENVILLE, FL (GEF) VOR ON STANDBY ENGINE GENERATOR
  • PORT ST JOE, FL (A51) GBTS FAILED
  • MARIANNA, FL (MAI) ASOS DIAL-UP FAILED
  • MARIANNA, FL (MAI) VOR UNMONITORED
  • PANAMA, CITY, FL (ECP) RVR UNMONITORED
  • PANAMA, CITY FL (EXP) RWY 16 (PUL) LOC/GS FAILED
  • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) RWY 17 (PNS) LOC/GS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) RWY 26 (PHC) LOC PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • ENSACOLA, FL (PNS) ASOS SER ICE A FAILED
  • PENSACOLA, FL (P31) SAMS CIRCUITS FAILED
  • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) RWY 17 (PNS) LOC/GS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) FDAT FAILED
  • PENSACOLA, FL (PNS) RVR FAILED
  • PENSACOLA, FL (PNSA) FDAT FAILED
  • PERRY, FL (40J) GBTS FAILED
  • TALLAHASSEE, FL (SZW) VOR FAILED
  • TALLAHASSEE, FL (TLH) ASR/MODES PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • TALLAHASSEE, FL (TLH) RWY 27 (PLQ) ALS PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • TAYLOR, FL (TAY) TACAN ON ENGINE GENERATOR
  • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) ARSR/ATCRB FAILED
  • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) IDAT/FDAT PROTECTIVE SHUTDOWN
  • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) BUEC 135.92 MHZ FAILED
  • TYNDALL, FL (PAM) ECOM 120.82/379.30 MHZ FAILED

If there are any questions, please contact the FAA's National Operations Control Center (NOCC) at 540-359-3110.

NBAA-BACE Travel Advisory

Michael's trajectory through the panhandle of Florida, through GA, and into the Carolinas, has spared the Orlando area from any significant impact due to this major hurricane.

However, those traveling to NBAA-BACE today and tomorrow (Friday) should check with their airlines concerning any potential delays or cancellations, especially those travelling from or through ATL, CLT or RDU in the southeast. At this time, we are not seeing significant schedule disruptions, aside from a few through CLT.

However, due to rain and wind from NY down through the Carolinas, some of the air carrier airports (EWR/LGA/JFK/PHL/CLT/RDU) may see ground delay programs (GDPs) or ground stops through this evening (Thursday) that would result in some delays.

Resources

NBAA Airspace/Airport Alerts are informational in nature. Official current NOTAMs are available from Flight Service Stations at 1-800-WX-BRIEF. Notices, restrictions, and advisories may change at any time and without notice. Do not attempt any operation in the National Airspace System without first obtaining and understanding a thorough pre-flight briefing. In addition to talking to a FSS Specialist, operators can use the FAA NAIMES website to check for the latest TFRs.