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Flight Sentinel Briefing

Flight Sentinel Briefing

Flying to the Big Game

The game is set for Sunday, February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. (EST). Flight departments heading there will require some extra planning and coordination to ensure a successful delay-free trip.

Operators flying to South Florida January 27th through February 4th should familiarize themselves with FAA Special Air Traffic Procedures that will be published for the area. These procedures contain specific routing that must be filed by operators flying into and out of the Miami area airports. Failure to file these preferred routes may lead to significant delays.

Traffic management initiatives will be used when arrival rates exceed airport capacity, so pilots should be prepared for potential airborne holdings, reroutes, or Expect Departure Clearance Times (EDCTs) that may be issued for all domestic IFR arrivals into area airports.

Game Day Restrictions
A special event Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is expected to be in place the day of the game. It is expected to prohibit general aviation operations within a 10-mile radius of the stadium beginning 2-3 hours before kickoff until 1 hour after the game. TFR information is normally disseminated via FDC NOTAM 3-5 days prior to the event. Once published, text and graphical depictions will be available at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.

Ramp Reservations
Due to the high volume of air traffic anticipated and to facilitate aircraft parking and staging, ramp reservations are required for arrivals and departures (including “drop and goes”) to and from area airports (see Table 1) from January 29th through February 4th. Reservations can be obtained by contacting an FBO or (for airports without FBOs) Airport Authority. Contact your FBO even if your intended airport of operation is not listed below to ensure a reservation is not required. Reservation numbers should be filed in Block 18 (Remarks section) of the IFR flight plan to avoid being queried by ATC.

Table 1. Airports Requiring Ramp Reservations

Honeywell’s Forge Flight Sentinel recommends submitting flight plan requests the day prior to operating. This will ensure flight plans are filed with the FAA at the earliest allowed time to help mitigate delays due to traffic management initiatives. Flight Sentinel always monitors the airspace and will proactively inform subscribers of air traffic delays, impacting TFRs, and possible alternative solutions.

More information can be found on the FAA Special Events Site.

More information about Flight Sentinel is available here.

Please contact Honeywell Forge Flight Services at FlightServices@Honeywell.com or by phone at +1 (602) 365-7020 with any questions or operational issues.


Heidi Lichtenstein supports flight planning, datalink, and other services for Honeywell Forge Flight Services. She can be reached via email at Heidi.Lichtenstein@Honeywell.com.