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    Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) can crop up anywhere at any time across the USA. Although they have been around for some time, they have taken on greater importance and emphasis since the events of 9/11/2001. Most TFRs really are temporary, such as where VIPs, like the president, are visiting or over large gatherings of people, such as sporting events/stadiums. However, some TFRs are in effect "until further notice" for the entire "US", such as those related to nuclear/conventional power plants, dams, refineries, and military bases.  If you violate a TFR, you may be intercepted by military aircraft in flight and/or detained/interviewed by local law enforcement upon your arrival/return. It's also one of the most common reasons for actions by the FAA and loss of pilot license privileges.

     Click the image below for TFRs listed on the FAA website. However, note that this list may not be complete. Call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF to get the latest TFR updates. If you become aware of a TFR in our area, please let others in our chapter and general area know. It's better to be OVER informed than NOT informed.

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(Note: If you think TFRs are "no big deal" for which you will likely get a slap on the wrist, read the article in Flying magazine titled "TFR Trouble" in the February, 2011 issue, pages 63-66 about one pilot's trouble when he violated one. It's a very serious matter. The TSA, FBI, and CIA will not let the FAA slide a pilot by with just a warning on these matters. )