11 airspace violations during Trump’s holiday visit

11 airspace violations during Trump’s holiday visit. (WPEC)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there were 11 airspace violations while the First Family spent the holidays in Palm Beach County.

While President Donald Trump is at Mar-a-Lago, commercial airline pilots change their take-off path from Palm Beach International.

Private plane operators face more severe restrictions.

Sunday a small plane came into temporarily restricted airspace some 29 miles from the winter White House.

Two F-16 fighter jets escorted the aircraft to the North County Airport. The pilot apparently was not aware of the restriction.

That was one of the of the 11 airspace violations during the President’s recent 12-day stay.

“It was a little surprising to hear 11,” said Dan Crowe, a veteran pilot, and owner of Aircoastal Helicopters and Palm Beach Helicopters at Lantana Airport.

“After it’s been done for several times, you expect the violations, if there were any, to subside,” said Crowe, who added it’s a pilot’s responsibility to know about temporary restrictions.

For private aircraft during President Trump’s stays, there are limited landings, and no take-off’s within 10 miles of Mar-a-Lago.

Between 10 and 30 miles out, it’s possible to transition through, but only with the proper clearance.

“Just to travel through (the zone), you can do that, provided you’re on the proper flight plan, and that you have the (Air Traffic Control) clearance,” Crowe explained.

The FAA enforces the temporary restrictions, and violations can bring a wide range of responses, from warnings to restrictions on one’s license.

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