The Federal Aviation Administration has issued temporary flight restrictions in and around Palm Springs over the weekend.
The restrictions are in effect from Friday, June 13 to Monday, June 16. The restrictions will also be in effect around Anaheim, but only on Saturday.
Private pilots will be unable to fly in certain areas and at certain airports while the restrictions are in place. Any pilot who violates the restrictions can face federal criminal charges as well as sanctions from the FAA, according to the administration's advisory.
Summary of restrictions: (June 13th from 5:30 p.m. -June 14th at 8:30 a.m.)
- Only airlines, law enforcement aircraft and air ambulance aircraft will be able to fly within an 11-nautical mile radius of Palm Springs International Airport
- Private pilots will be able to operate within the airspace between 11 nautical miles and 30 nautical miles from PSP, and into and out of airports under that airspace. However, they must have filed flight plans, must be talking to air traffic controllers and must be using transponders that broadcast a code that is unique to their aircraft
- Certain operations will not be allowed within the 30-nautical mile ring during the entire time the restrictions are in place. These include but are not limited to: flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider, seaplane and parachute operations, banner towing, sightseeing, balloon and crop dusting operations
Summary of restrictions: (June 14 from 1:45 p.m. -June 16 at 12:30 p.m.)
Restrictions will be the same as those in effect from 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13 until 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 with the following exception:
- The Transportation Security Administration has created "gateway security screening" procedures at Ontario International Airport (ONT) to accommodate general aviation operators who want to fly into PSP, and at PSP to accommodate general aviation operators who want to depart from that airport
- Gateway screening will be available from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday
- General aviation aircraft operators must register with the TSA for gateway screening at least 24 hours prior to their scheduled departure time by calling 909-472-0140
- Pilots, crew and passengers must provide valid government-issued photo identification to the TSA at the airport prior to departure.