TFR Watch

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Few things are more beautiful than an F-15 -- unless it's off your wing with a pilot making hand signals at you. To avoid this unpleasant (and unnecessary) experience during campaign season, no flight (not even a local sightseeing hop) should be made without checking for one of the myriad of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that are cropping up at the whim of campaign organizers. If you're in a swing state, be extra vigilant. The predicted list of campaign-related TFRs for the coming weeks gives but a taste of things to come. According to the NBAA's compilation (AOPA also keeps track) there's a TFR in place for St. Louis on Friday and we can expect them in Topeka, Atlanta, and Baton Rouge on May 17. New Orleans and Savannah get their turns on May 21. Of course, no two TFRs are the same and it's vital that pilots know all the details before going anywhere near one. The FAA provides continuously updated (every 15 minutes) TFR information and flight service stations should be right up-to-date as well.