Beach Blast Airspace
2011 Apr 23 Airspace Around Panama City Beach for Powered
There's a lot going on in the air around Panama City! Thankfully, our
flying site is situated between the most restrictive airspace
so we can fly unfettered.
To see it better, I put together some graphics that should make it
really clear where we can and cannot fly. The radio tower I marked
because it makes a nice visual boundary. As you can see, you must never
get to the point of being abeam it.
The chart below can be zoomed in on. The "NO FLY" area is because of
a Special Air Traffic Rule, FAR part 93.
This airspace is full of aircraft and we have no special allowance.
We'll be filing a notice to airmen (NOTAM) for the event for a 2
nautical mile radius and up to 1000 feet but there will still be
airplane and helicopter traffic. Keep a look out! Next year we
are going to try to get a flight restriction but that's a long shot and
still far from a guarantee that it will be traffic free.
Allowance Area: Briefing Required!!!
Allowance area is a special authorization that has been regularly obtained but may or may not be active.
You MUST get a briefing
before going into this area! It's an active military base and the
special permission may not be active. If it is not, it means they may
have low flying 'fast movers' transiting at ludicrous speeds with a radar
equipped for missiles not miniwings.
Red space to the left is a no fly area. The dark
shaded circle is the NOTAM area. It goes up to 1000 feet. There will
still be aircraft through there, sometimes at high speed!
Unfortunately we can't have non-competitor/judge
flying at the field. It would be a fun way to go see the comps, and
maybe next year, but we we should see how this goes first.
If you're a competitor, though, you can fly there and
back so join the competition!