FAA Security Procedures In Force For Super Bowl

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Economic forecasts for the coming year may be mixed, but the FAA is bullish on its expectations for air traffic at next month's Super Bowl. "A large number of aircraft" are expected to arrive in the South Florida metropolitan area during the period from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8 for the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIV, the FAA says. The FAA recently posted a notice describing temporary procedures in place to manage the flow of traffic, enhance safety and security, and minimize delays. Pilots flying in the area during that time frame should be prepared to provide documentation, including personal identification, certificate number, aircraft ownership information, and a contact number, the FAA says. Pilots also will be required to maintain two-way communication and comply with discrete transponder requirements. Access to some airports may be restricted, local flight training will be curtailed, and TFRs will be in place.

Details about TFRs will be disseminated by Notam and found online at the FAA's TFR Web site just three to five days before the event, the FAA said. Pilots should also be prepared for potential airborne holding and reroutes. "Pilots are encouraged to check Notams frequently to verify they have the most current information," the FAA suggested. More details, including likely arrival routes, can be found at the FAA's Web site. The Super Bowl will be held Feb. 7 in Dolphin Stadium, near Miami.