FAA Issues Hurricane Response Update

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The FAA has established three Airspace Coordination Areas (ACAs) over the eastern coast of Florida and the Georgia to help manage and protect air traffic around Hurricane Dorian, the agency reported in a Tuesday update on its response to the hurricane. The FAA further cautioned that pilots should avoid flying in ACAs without permission and should check NOTAMs frequently when operating in areas affected by the storm. The ACAs are currently in effect until 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 5.

“The ACAs allow a safe environment for disaster response and recovery flights,” the FAA said in its Tuesday statement. “Aircraft pilots flying in the ACAs should be very cautious because many flights are operating in the area.” Flight rerouting is being managed through the FAA Command Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The Center says it is also working with airlines planning to add evacuation flights. According to the agency, the storm had caused the cancellation of more than 2,000 U.S. airline flights by Tuesday afternoon.

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