Watch Those TFRs: Example, Ever-Changing P-40

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Call and call frequently. Over the weekend, the FAA published NOTAM 2/1730 that enlarged P-40, the Restricted Area around Camp David near Thurmont, Md., to twice the size of combined P-40 and R-4009 depicted on the special new "Blue Dot" Baltimore-Washington VFR Terminal Area Chart. Issued on August 8, the Blue Dot chart shows P-40 as a circle with a 2.5-nm radius when the President is not in residence there, growing to a 5-nm radius when he is there. Under the period affected by the NOTAM, P-40 grew to a radius of 10 nm from 4:00 p.m. local time on Friday, November 8, 2002, through 4:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, November 10, 2002, with various restrictions for various types of flight operations ... but that's not all. The Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced last week that the Secret Service may hope to enlarge P-40 to a radius of 30 nm for future presidential visits. The FAA has also published NOTAM 2/1393, which extends the duration of 2/0291 through the end of November. The NOTAM prohibits flight operations -- unless otherwise authorized by ATC -- within 5 nm of Camp David and at or below 12,500 feet MSL.