What is a TFR?

A TFR, or a Temporary Flight Restriction, is defined as “an area restricted to air travel due to a hazardous condition, a special event, or a general warning for the entire FAA airspace” by the FAA.

TFR’s can sometimes interrupt your private jet flight, resulting in a change to the landing airport, but fear not: PrivateFly is dedicated to staying up to date on TFR’s as they become public and finding solutions for your trip.

A TFR notice from 2014.

A TFR notice from 2014.

We explain how TFR’s came to be and why they can be enacted.

How Far Does a TFR Cover?

Short Answer: it varies!

TFR’s can extend their coverage depending on the situation. For example, when the president travels, the TFR usually covers up to 18,000 ft in altitude at 30 nautical miles in diameter.

Who Is Affected By TFR’s?

All air traffic is affected by Temporary Flight Restrictions – private aircraft and commercial aircraft alike.

Even some ground transportation can be affected depending on the nature of the TFR.

When Are TFR’s Put Into Place?

Temporary Flight Restrictions are generally made public knowledge 2 – 3 days beforehand – and can still change!

PrivateFly works closely with the crew to ensure that each flight does not fly through a TFR zone – otherwise a law-enforcement welcome committee will be awaiting on the ground!

Why Are TFR’s Put Into Place?

They are primarily a safety measure. Most often TFR’s have to do with presidential travel, but they can also extend to post-wildfire zones where smoke remains in the air as well as heavily-populated sporting events. TFR’s became more common after September 11, 2001.

Common TFR’s

As mentioned, presidential travel is perhaps the most well-known reason for temporary flight restrictions. Even past presidents have TFR’s over their homes as an added safety measure.

Other governmental bodies that have flight restrictions include Camp David, the Pentagon, and of course, the White House. This is why Ronald Reagan International Airport is particularly difficult for commercial and private aircraft landings – it has very strict security due to its proximity to such areas.

Other TFR’s have to do with special circumstances.

Natural Disasters – when wildfires leave dangerous smoke that impairs visibility, or volcano eruptions that leave ash in the air, or even during ongoing disaster relief efforts.

Special Events – when there are more than 30,000 people in a single place such as a sporting event.

Regardless of whether your flight encounters a temporary flight restriction, PrivateFly will be with you at every step to ensure your trip runs as smoothly as possible.

With any additional questions, or to book a private jet charter, call us at (866) 726-1222 or contact us online.