Temporary flight restrictions will be in place on Oahu from Dec. 18 until Jan. 3, the same restrictions that have been issued during the holiday season for the last several years.
The reason, the Federal Aviation Administation says, is for “VIP movement later this month.”
Not coincidentally, President Barack Obama and his family are expected here for their annual vacation. during the same time period.
What’s a little different this year is the focus on drones, given the proliferation of the little airborne suckers.
“The FAA wants to emphasize that the entire restricted area is a No Drone Zone,” the FAA said Wednesday. “Nobody can operate any unmanned aircraft, including model aircraft, in the area when the restrictions are in effect.”
Some other advice: “Pilots who violate the restrictions can be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement/security personnel. Additionally, the FAA can impose civil penalties against them or suspend or revoke their pilot certificates. They also could face federal criminal charges. Furthermore, the U.S. government may use deadly force against an airborne aircraft if it is determined the aircraft poses an imminent security threat.”
So there: You’ve been warned.
The restrictions encompass two areas:
“A highly restricted inner core centered roughly on the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Air Station, with a 10-nautical mile radius, excluding the airspace southwest of Kokohead.”
“A less restricted outer ring that encompasses the airspace between 10 and 30 nautical miles from the center of the TFR (temporary flight restrictions).”