The FAA Just Closed Low-Flying Airspace Over Ferguson

Tyler Durden's picture

The Ferguson "revolution" may be televised courtesy of straight to YouTube cell phone clips, but any chopper-based TV crews will have to find a different vantage point, as will any and all low flying aircraft (with the exception of US government drones of course), because moments ago, the FAA announced that starting 1315 UTC through 2000 UTC on August 12, "No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM (except as described). ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF ST." The Reason? "TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES." Because TV crews recording every incident put "law enforcement" in jeopardy?

 

The full statement:

FDC 4/2599 ZKC MO..AIRSPACE FERGUSON, MO..TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS WITHIN AN AREA DEFINED AS 3 NM RADIUS OF 384428N0901812W (ST LOUIS VORTAC STL129011.0) SFC-3000FT TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 91.137(A)(2) TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT. ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE AIRSPACE. AIRCRAFT LANDING AND DEPARTING ST. LOUIS LAMBERT AIRPORT ARE EXEMPT FROM THIS TFR. ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT, TELEPHONE 3148892360 , IS IN CHARGE OF THE OPERATION. KANSAS CITY /ZKC/ ARTCC, TELEPHONE 9132548500, IS THE FAA COORDINATION FACILITY. 1408121315-1408182000

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To summarize, in addition to the heavily militarized police presence, and the barring of journalists and protestors, the government just prohibited news helicopters. Which, of course, is simply government code that tonight Ferguson may get "turbulent."

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RacerX's picture

I feel safer already.

Citxmech's picture

Are they trying to keep the news helicopters out?

Slave's picture

What? Why? They can't fling poo that high.

john39's picture

someone wants this to get much worse....  posting twitter messages to pilage white neighborhoods:

http://twitchy.com/2014/08/11/loot-and-rob-them-not-your-own-twitter-use...

y3maxx's picture

...and here come dem drones...

Richard Chesler's picture

I'm sorry to interrupt this important putt Mr. Pressident...

 

chumbawamba's picture

I pray that those good folks who were valiantly defending the Bundy Ranch make their way to Ferguson to protect the people there from looters and from the defective "law enforcement" that caused this whole fucking mess.

Something is going to go down shortly and it won't be pretty, unless the people stop what is coming.

I am Chumbawamba.

camaro68ss's picture

Don't want those news choppers catching drone attacks on tape now do we

Pladizow's picture

Test run for the continent!

StackShinyStuff's picture

Roll in the Storm Trooperz, Bitchez!

camaro68ss's picture

Drop a pallet of air jordens and Nuke them from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

Liberal's picture

The whole Ferguson incident shows why we need to confiscate people's guns in this country. 

Just imagine not having guns.  The police will never feel threatened by us and treat us like neighbors.  There will be hugs and high-fives all around.

 

Hugs and high-fives, not guns. 

SumTing Wong's picture

I'll turn in all the guns that govco knows about, and you should do the same. Let them shoot your ass.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

At least the Negroes have the courage to do something, albeit pointless looting. The Caucasians just roll over and spread their ass-cheeks while they moan "More please sir."

TheMeatTrapper's picture

The Caucasions that showed up at the Bundy ranch stood face to face with with heavily armed Feds, and didn't flinch. They also didn't loot liquor stores.

 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

You know its OK to call yourself a Proud White Person?

I am actually receiving word in my ear piece that ITS NOT OK, apparently. 

Headbanger's picture

Dear Liberal

AND JUST WHO THE HELL IS GOING TO DO THE CONFISCATING YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT!?


MarsInScorpio's picture

OK, he missed the /sarc label - lighten up.

 

I see a politically oriented MDB being born.

-30-

Headbanger's picture

Yeah I'll lighten up..

my magazine by putting  afew round down range at em..

Son of Loki's picture

Those pro-Russian rebels sure do get around.....

Keyser's picture

Now we know the reason for this NOTAM... The "natives" of Ferguson were shooting at Police helicopters... 

http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/12/faa-issues-flight-restriction-after-ri...

nmewn's picture

Yeah and anything else flying over head. Mayhem & chaos doesn't know what skin pigment is.

And they will not go into the burbs. How do I know this? Its a minority of a minority doing stupid shit, like accidently shooting a grandma walking her daughters kids home.

Elvis the Pelvis's picture

I lived through Hurricane Katrina.  Some of the looters were shooting at the police helicopters.  Just saying.  Bitchez.

Citxmech's picture

How does excluding everybody other than police aircraft make police aircraft safe from ground fire?

Thorny Xi's picture

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Lambert Airport reports the flight restrictions for commercial aircraft over Ferguson — imposed by the FAA after riots — have been lifted.

Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge previously said that at the urging of police, the FAA had ordered no flights over Ferguson for the time being.

“There had been a shot in the air sometime Sunday evening, there had also been a helicopter flying over,” she said. “It doesn’t mean it was shooting at the helicopter but there was a shot into the air, so they put this temporary flying order in place.”

Quus Ant's picture

http://www.reddit.com/live/tdrph3y49ftn

Just saw 43 cops with lights on heading down 70 from the airport direction towards downtown. Apparently over the scanners they have told everyone to switch to Riot.

 

Reddit- So who knows.  But could the airspace have been restricted because someones were flying in? 

 

My spidey sense is tingling and my tin foil hat is well secured.

HardAssets's picture

Can you believe a damned thing 'reported' by the media or by the government ?

Next they'll say Putin supplied the looters with an anti air missile battery.

forensicator's picture

Perhpas Israel should restrict flights to Misouri ... /Sarc

cossack55's picture

And how close was the nearest liquor store in Utah?

ceilidh_trail's picture

Or break into stores and steal big shiny wheels and rims! Trinkets and shiny every time...

PT's picture

But the police will NEVER give you their guns ...

Pairadimes's picture

The suppression will not be televised.

RECISION's picture

Sure they will.

From their cold dead hands...

Jethro's picture

We really need a sarcasm font type.  I almost thought that was a real comment.

Lore's picture

Is this guy 'Liberal' extremely naive, or just writing tongue-in-cheek?

nmewn's picture

Tongue-in-cheek. He's actually improved, much better the MDB ;-)

California Nightmares's picture

Drop a million 20-dollar bills. The looters will kill each other to get their share. Only a few will survive. They'll be rich. No more looting in Ferguson. Problem solved.

Ying-Yang's picture

Hey... gotta clear the way for the DRONES

saints51's picture

Maybe they try an EMP. Then move in military style. This way nothing goes to youtube. Just speculating.

deflator's picture

 I was wondering if they shutdown the cell phone towers in that area as well.

saints51's picture

Good question. Made me chuckle thinking about the old man arrested rolling down the interstate with a signal jammer.

ebworthen's picture

I see phone numbers.

Find a pay phone and call and ask if you can fly your drone there.

logicalman's picture

I bet TPTB are kicking themselves for not getting the smartphone kill switch in place before all this.