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Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR)

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs)

Temporary flight restrictions are areas where general aviation traffic is temporarily prohibited. TFRs may be established for reasons of national security, protecting the public, providing a safe area for other aircraft operations, etc. As a pilot you need to know how to look up and avoid TFRs when you are not in contact with the controlling facility.

Lesson Notes

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are areas where traffic is restricted for a specific, temporary reason (e.g. presidential visits, sports games, fire fighting operations, etc.) VFR traffic cannot normally enter an active TFR without ATC approval. Aircraft on flight following can enter TFRs, however, when in doubt, clarify.

There are a variety of ways to check TFRs. Many mobile flying apps display TFRs. The FAA also has a Graphic TFR website.

Additional Resources

Flashcard Questions

Can VFR pilots enter TFRs? If so, how?

Why may TFRs be established?