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FAASTeam Notice
Type: General Information
Notice Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Notice Number: NOTC7320
Are You Flying to the Eclipse Path
This notice expired on
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Do you plan to fly your aircraft on August 21 during the solar eclipse? If yes, you’re not alone. Several airports located in the path of the eclipse have notified the FAA that they are anticipating a significant increase in air traffic before and during the eclipse. Many of these airports are non-towered and have limited capacity to accommodate an increase in traffic. Here are some tips to fly safe in the path of the eclipse.

  • Use US Chart Supplements (formerly AFD).
  • Check NOTAMs for your departing and arriving airports, including airports along the route of your flight. Remember, some airports may already be at capacity.
  • Call your destination airport, and respect the runway closures and safety information they provide.
  • Expect Unicom congestion, and check for additional instructions on ASOS/AWOS voice over.
  • See and Avoid is a high priority. Watch out for possible drone activity.
  • Utilize Air Traffic Services when available.
  • Use IFR operations when appropriate, file VFR flight plans …. let Air Traffic assist you!

Have some specific questions about an area or airport? The FAASTeam is here to help. Our local FAASTeam Program Managers (FPM) are available to help with local knowledge. Find your local FPM for any given area

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