FAA's Hurricane Harvey Update

By Newsroom America Feeds at 29 Aug 2017

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*August 29* -TheFederal Aviation Administration http://www.faa.gov/continues to handle emergency and relief operations at a number of airports in the Hurricane Harvey area, including at Houston Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental. The FAA is prepared to support the resumption of commercial service flights when airport authorities reopen the airports.

This Hurricane Harvey information is critical so that first responders can conduct rescue and recovery operations.

*Drone Users:* https://www.faa.gov/uas/The FAA warns unauthorized drone operators that flying a drone could interfere with the U.S. National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Texas Military Departments rescue and recovery missions as evacuations escalate due to rising water. You could be subject to significant fines if you interfere with emergency response operations. Flying a drone https://www.faa.gov/uas/ without authorization in or near the disaster area may violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if aTemporary Flight Restriction https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/airspace_restrictions/(TFR) is not in place.Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.

*Commercial passengers:* Passengers should be aware that resuming normal airline operations will take time and airlines may not be operating a full flight schedule immediately after the airports reopen.Although airports may be listed as open, flooding on local roadways may limit access to airports for passengers, as well as the employees who work for the airlines or at the airport.As a result, every aspect of your trip to the airport, including parking, checking in, getting through security and boarding may take longer than usual.As always, check with airlines about the status of your flight before you leave for the airport.

*GA pilots*: There is currently a TFR in place for Rosenburg, Texas http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_2160.html until further notice. Continue monitoring TFR.FAA.gov http://tfr.faa.gov/ and @FAANews on Twitter https://www.faa.gov/exit/?pageName=%40FAANews%20on%20Twitter&pgLnk=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter%2Ecom%2FFAANews for the latest information. Regardless of where you are flying, always be aware of the weather conditions. If you are planning to travel to or from Texas or Louisiana, know the runway conditions before operating by contacting your destination facility.

*Operations Update*: The FAA has set up a Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower (MATCT) at Fort Worth Meacham (KTFW) awaiting further deployment as needed.

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