FAA's Hurricane Irma Update (ingles\español)

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*September 7* - TheFederal Aviation Administration(FAA) https://www.faa.gov/ closely monitors forecasted hurricanes and severe weather events and prepares FAA facilities and equipment to withstand storm damage. We prepare and protect air traffic control facilities along the projected storm path so we can quickly resume operations after the hurricane passes. Enabling flights to resume quickly is critical to support disaster relief efforts.

FAA control towers in hurricane-prone areas are designed and built to sustain hurricane force winds. Each control tower has a maximum wind sustainability. When the winds approach that level, controllers evacuate the tower cabs. They may remain in the building on duty in a secure lower level, and are ready to go back to work as soon as the storm passes.

We also protect communications equipment and navigational aids to the greatest extent possible. As the storm approaches, we disable airport surveillance radar antennas to allow them to spin freely, minimizing potential wind damage. This limits damage to the antenna motors and allows radar coverage to resume quickly after the storm passes.

Airports and associated facilities including terminal buildings, parking lots and access roads are operated by local organizations that decide when to close to commercial operations and when they can safely reopen. The FAA does not decide if or when airports or other local facilities close or reopen. Some airports in a disaster area may stay closed to the public for several days in the wake of a storm to support the response and recovery effort or because roads to and from the airport are inaccessible. FAA air traffic controllers always are ready to safely resume air traffic control service when airports reopen, and frequently are managing air traffic operations for response and recovery flights while airports are closed to the general public.

*Commercial Travelers* http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp* * Due to Hurricane Irma, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=2 airlines are likely to cancel many flights in the direct path of the storm and the surrounding area. Flights that are not cancelled may be delayed. Please continue to check the status of your flight with your airline. You can also check the status of some major airports in the storm path by visiting Fly.FAA.gov http://www.fly.faa.gov/, which is continuously updated.

*Drone Users* https://www.faa.gov/uas/* * The FAA warns unauthorized drone operators that they may be subject to significant fines if they interfere with emergency response operations. Many aircraft that are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may unintentionally disrupt rescue operations and violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if a Temporary 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.

Government agencies with an FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) and private sector Part 107 drone operators who want to fly to support of response and recovery operations are strongly encouraged to coordinate their activities with the local incident commander responsible for the area in which they want to operate.

If UAS operators need to fly in controlled airspace or a disaster TFR to support the response and recovery, operators *must *contact the FAA for authorization. Each TFR has the appropriate contact information.

*General Aviation Pilots* https://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=21274

General aviation pilots should check the FAAs Notices to Airman (NOTAMs) https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/notices/ before flying and review the latest information on flight restrictions https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/airspace_restrictions/ in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma. You can monitor TFRs at TFR.FAA.gov http://tfr.faa.gov/ and @FAANews on Twitter https://www.faa.gov/exit/?pageName=%2540FAANews%2520on%2520Twitter&pgLnk=https%253A%252F%252Ftwitter%252Ecom%252FFAANews for the latest information. Regardless of where you are flying, always be aware of the weather conditions along your entire planned route. Contact your destination airport before you take off to obtain the most current information about local weather and airfield conditions. Remember that standard check lists are even more important in and around severe weather. Be aware of weather conditions throughout the entire route of your planned flight. A pilots failure to recognize deteriorating weather conditions continues to cause or contribute to accidents.

*Spanish Version*

La Administracin Federal de Aviacin http://www.faa.gov/ (FAA) monitorea muy de cerca los pronsticos de huracanes y eventos climticos severos y prepara instalaciones de la FAA y el equipo para soportar el dao de la tormenta. Preparamos y protegemos las instalaciones de control de trfico areo a lo largo de la ruta proyectada de la tormenta por lo que rpidamente podemos reanudar las operaciones tras el huracn. Lo que permite reanudar los vuelos rpidamente lo cual es fundamental para apoyar los esfuerzos de ayuda.

Las torres de control de la FAA en reas propensas a huracanes se disean y son construidas para sostener los vientos huracanados. Cada torre de control tiene una sustentabilidad mxima del viento. Cuando los vientos acercan a ese nivel, los controladores son desalojados/pasan a otras partes de la torre. Ellos pueden seguir prestando los servicios en el mismo edificio, pero en un nivel inferior seguro y estn listos para volver al trabajo tan pronto como pase la tormenta.

Tambin protegemos los equipos de comunicaciones y asistimos a la navegacin en la mayor medida posible. Mientras la tormenta se acerca, desactivamos las antenas de radar de vigilancia del aeropuerto para que puedan girar libremente, y minimizar el dao potencial de viento. Esto limita el dao a los motores de antena y permite una cobertura del radar para que este se reanude rpidamente despus de que la tormenta pase.

Los aeropuertos y los servicios asociados incluyendo edificios terminales, estacionamientos, vas de acceso, etc., son operados por organizaciones locales que decidan cundo cerrar y cundo puede abrir con seguridad. La FAA no decide cuando los aeropuertos u otras instalaciones locales cierran o abren. Los controladores de trfico areo de la FAA siempre estn listos para reanudar el servicio de control de trfico areo con seguridad cuando los aeropuertos estn abiertos y operando.

*Viajeros comerciales http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp*

Debido a Huracn Irma http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=2, las lneas areas suelen cancelar numerosos vuelos en la ruta directa de la tormenta y sus alrededores. Los vuelos que no se cancelan pueden retrasarse. Por favor contine verificando el estado de su vuelo con su compaa area. Tambin puede verificar el estado de algunos aeropuertos importantes en la trayectoria de la tormenta al visitar fly.faa.gov http://www.fly.faa.gov/, que se actualiza regularmente.

*Sistema Areo no tripulado UAS\Drone* https://www.faa.gov/uas/* * La FAA advierte a los operadores de sistemas areo no tripulado UAS\Drone no autorizados que pueden estar sujetos a multas importantes si interfieren con las operaciones de ayuda a emergencias. Un vuelo de un Drone sin autorizacin en o cerca de la zona de desastre puede violar las leyes federales y ordenanzas estatales, aunque sea un Restriccin Temporal de Vuelos https://www.faa.gov/uas/where_to_fly/airspace_restrictions/ (TFR, por sus siglas en ingls)) no est en su lugar. Permite a los primeros rescatistas salvar vidas y bienes sin interferencia.

Los operadores de UAS que necesitan volar en el espacio areo controlado o un TFR de desastre para brindar el apoyo y ayuda necesaria de recuperacin deben contactar la FAA para autorizacin. Cada TFR tiene la informacin de contacto apropiada.

*Pilotos de aviacin general * https://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=21274

Pilotos de aviacin general deben verificar los Avisos a Aviadores (NOTAMs) de la FAA antes de volar y revisar la informacin ms reciente sobre las restricciones de vuelo en las zonas afectadas por huracn Irma. Para la informacin ms reciente pueden monitorear los TFRs desglosada en TFR.FAA.gov http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html , @FAANews y en Twitter. Independientemente de donde usted est volando, siempre ten en cuenta las condiciones meteorolgicas a lo largo de su ruta prevista. Pngase en contacto con su aeropuerto de destino antes de despegar para obtener la informacin ms actualizada sobre las condiciones locales de clima y aeropuerto. Recuerde que las listas estndar de verificacin son an ms importantes en los alrededores de tiempo severo. Ser conscientes de las condiciones meteorolgicas a lo largo de todo el recorrido de su vuelo planeado. La falla del piloto para reconocer el deterioro de las condiciones de tiempo contina a causar o contribuye a los accidentes.

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