...And Hot Areas Mapped Online In Real Time

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An FAA database called the special-use airspace management system (SAMS) now will tell anyone with Internet access whether any restricted area, military operations area, military route, or warning area anywhere in the country is going to be "hot," AOPA said on Monday. It updates every six minutes, and the schedule is accurate 24 hours in advance. AOPA said it has been lobbying for access to this information since 2001. SAMS has been in the works for a while, AOPA said, but it took time for the FAA to coordinate with all the Air Traffic Control centers to ensure that the data is kept updated. Now everyone has access to it -- everyone, that is, except your Flight Service Station briefer, because most of them don't have Internet access available. "But that should change when Lockheed-Martin takes over in October and installs new equipment," AOPA said.