Coast Guard and FAA issue temporary flight restrictions during Huntington Beach Airshow

300-704310LOS ANGELES — The Captain of the Port will be enforcing a temporary safety zone along with flight restrictions enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration in the vicinity of Huntington Beach, October 20 – 23, 2016, during the Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow.

The temporary safety zone will encompass all navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor within the area of the Huntington Beach Pier east south east and 1.5 miles offshore of Brookhurst Street. The temporary safety zone will only be enforced during actual airshow demonstrations. Airshow demonstrations are scheduled to commence from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m., daily beginning October 20 – 23, 2016.

During the enforcement period, vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through or remaining within the temporary safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or her designated representative. Enforcement of the zone will be advertised via broadcast notice to mariners.

Section 1232 of Title 33 U.S. Code (Ports and Waterways Safety Act) provides penalties for all persons in violation of this order:

Any person who is found by the Secretary, after notice and an opportunity for a hearing, to have violated this chapter or a regulation issued hereunder shall be liable to the United States for a civil penalty, not to exceed $88,613 for each violation. Each day of a continuing violation shall constitute a separate violation. The amount of such civil penalty shall be assessed by the Secretary or his designee by written notice. In determining the amount of such penalty, the Secretary shall take into account the nature, circumstances, extent and gravity of the prohibited acts committed and, with respect to the violator, the degree of culpability, and history or prior offenses, ability to pay, and such other matters as justice may require.

Any person who willfully and knowing violates this chapter or any regulation issued hereunder commits a class D felony.

Any vessel subject to the provisions of this chapter, which is used in violation of this chapter, or any regulations issued hereunder, shall be liable in rem any civil penalty assured pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and may be proceeded against the United States district court for any district in which such vessel may be found.

The FAA has put in place temporary flight restrictions from October 20 – 23, 2016 as well. The dates and times of these restrictions will be in effect as follows:

October 20, 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
October 21, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (if necessary)
October 21, 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
October 22, 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
October 23, 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

No aircraft, including drones, may be operated in a TFR lateral boundary within a five nautical mile radius from the Airshow center.

The Code of Federal Regulations require that all drone operators are required to check Notice to Airmen (NOTAMS) for the latest temporary flight restrictions and airspace requirements. Unauthorized drone operations within the boundaries of the TFR will result in the termination of the performances.


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