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Boca impacts from Trump trip this weekend

President Trump and the first lady are going to Alabama and Georgia, then continue on their trip to the winter White House in Palm Beach. Air Force One is expected to touch down at 4:35 p.m. today, Friday at Palm Beach International Airport, as usual.

The president and Melania Trump are expected to visit tornado victims and go on to Fort Benning before touching off for West Palm Beach.

So, pilots are alerted that VIP movement is expected from 4 p.m. today through 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.

That imposes temporary flight restrictions in a 10- and 30-mile radius. So Trump’s trips to his Mar-a-Lago Club are always good news for Boca Raton Airport.

“Traffic increases significantly, at times doubling, compared with similar time frames with no presidential visits,” executive director Clara Bennett told Boca Voice.

Boca’s airport can accommodate the increased private and corporate air traffic. “We implemented a reservation system for planes to secure parking at the two FBOs,” she said about Atlantic Aviation and Signature Flight Support. “This helps them better manage the flow of arriving and departing aircraft during the temporary flight restrictions.”

Called the POTUS TFR, the flight restrictions consist of a 10 nautical miles inner core and 30 nautical miles outer core from the surface to 17,999 feet near Palm Beach International.

When the TRF is active, all operations are prohibited in the inner core except Air Force One, Secret Service and other approved aircraft. The outer ring traffic is limited to aircraft arriving or departing from local airports.

By Marci Shatzman

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