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December 22, 2009

Oahu Airspace Shut Down for Anointed One's Vacation

Posted by Dave Blount at December 22, 2009 9:34 AM

This won't help bring Obama's monstrous ego under control: while others toil to pay their increasingly extravagant taxes, the air over Oahu is to be shut down for two weeks in honor of his Hawaiian vacation.

[Aero-News Network] is researching reports of a massive TFR [temporary flight restriction] that will severely restrict air traffic on the tiny island of Oahu… for nearly two weeks. A Presidential TFR has been published (and was disseminated as of December 19th… barely four days notice) covering most of the island and severely restricts all [general aviation] operations on or near the island.
Numerous emails and phone calls indicate that the Hawaiian aviation community, especially that part of it that derives some or all of its livelihood from aviation access, is terrified of the effect of this TFR, put in place so that the president can go away, on holiday, for Christmas. …
The TFR also states […] ominously, that "The following operations are not authorized within this TFR: flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight, hang gliding, balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, sightseeing operations, model aircraft operations, model rocketry, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Amphibious operations are prohibited within this TFR except at Honolulu International Airport (PHNL)."

Needless to say, any small business that relies on access to the air will be crippled, right at a prime time for tourism. That's what they get for not working for the government.

Safe from hang gliders.

On a tip from Air2air.