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Republican National Convention - Event and TFRs this week!


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Good afternoon!

 

Tonight (8/31) ZMP will be hosting an event to simulate the Republican National Convention TFRs. This event will run beginning at 1800 Central / 23z. Please join us by flying into either MSP or STP!

 

Also, we will be simming the TFRs this week as per the real world hours. There are three stages of the restrictions.

 

-No TFR: Duh, no restrictions. No TFR will be in place in the hours Midnight to 9am daily Monday-Thursday

 

-3nm: A 3 nautical mile radius around the Xcel Energy Center, at 44.5638N/093.0643W. No traffic other than military and emergency aircraft, as well as scheduled transport category and TSA-cleared aircraft, will be allowed in this area up to but not including FL180. This includes St. Paul Downtown / KSTP. This TFR will be in place 900 - 1600 local time on Monday and 900 - 1200 local time Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

 

-10nm/30nm TFR - Within 10nm of the convention: No traffic other than military and emergency aircraft, as well as scheduled transport category and TSA-cleared aircraft, will be allowed in this area up to but not including FL180. This includes Minneapolis/St. Paul Int'l / KMSP as well as KSTP and KSGS. Within a 30NM radius of the convention, only traffic arriving or departing local fields will be allowed unless traffic levels permit transit operations. All aircraft must be on a VFR or IFR flight plan and be squawking a discrete squawk code in altitude mode while in the outer ring. This TFR is in place 1600 - 0000 on Monday and 1200 - 2400 local Tuesday through Thursday.

 

Aircraft requesting TSA-access that are not scheduled airline operations (we will use our judgement or we will ask you...we're not going to be extremely difficult about this) will need to land at a "Gateway Airport" and be under a ground hold for a minimum of 10 minutes before continuing to their destination of MSP, STP, or SGS. The Gateway Airports in use will be RST (Rochester, MN), EAU (Eau Claire, WI) and STC (St. Cloud, MN).

 

Thanks, and see you there!

Timothy Boger

ZMP ATM!

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Right, Paul, I hear ya. Again, I've rethought this today and we're definitely not going to MAKE anybody do this. I don't want to scare anybody away by some dumb rule.

 

 

so why post it in the first place?

 

The more pressing question: why did you post? I don't often get caught up in flame wars because I find them pointless, but Timothy and his crew have obviously put a lot of effort into this event and now you're trying to degrade them while obviously having no clue what is going on... They set up TFRs which are voluntary to make it more realistic, what's the problem?

 

Hope the event went well.

 

GUNNAR LINDAHL 
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Tim,

 

I just wanted to let you know you handled the TFRs very well. To make a TFR mandatory is a little unfair and hard to enforce on VATSIM. I think allowing pilots to particpate with them but not make them required is a very smart decision. Again, well handled.

 

Justin

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