FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — President Barack Obama’s weekend visit to the Southland will have an effect on airspace.
“The presidential [temporary flight restrictions] is a 10 nautical mile ring and 30 nautical mile ring that follow the president anywhere he goes,” flight school owner and instructor Garrett Hess said.READ MORE: LAPD Announces Anti-Recidivism Program, Offering Community Programs Over Jail Time For Certain Non-Violent Crimes
The flight rules will affect the Palm Springs, Laguna Beach and Anaheim areas from 8:15 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
Smaller planes that file a flight plan and commercial airlines are exempt.
“This time around, it is going to affect the 10 nautical-mile ring, which is a no-fly zone for light airplanes, small aircraft. That’s going to affect Fullerton Municipal Airport, Long Beach Airport, John Wayne Airport, the Orange County airports,” Hess said.READ MORE: Disneyland Drops Temperature Checks, Social Distancing As State Lifts Restrictions
Not only will flight schools like Hess’ take a hit, so will other aviation-related businesses.
“[Fullerton] airport will be a ghost town. Nobody is going to be flying in and out of here,” Hess said.
Hess said the penalty for entering presidential space is serious.MORE NEWS: Some Residents Confused On If They Should Continue Wearing Face Masks As Mandate Is Lifted
“[The penalty] is a minimum 30 days suspension of your pilot’s certificate and it can be six months or further if it’s found to be negligence or on purpose,” he said.