Presidential TFRs

Over the past few weekends BARC has been unable to use its launch site due to FAA Presidential TFRs (Temporary Flight Restrictions). These TFRs extend radially 28 NMs from Wilmington, DE and prohibit any air traffic from the surface to 17,999 ft. MSL. Accordingly no Class 1 or Class 2 rocket operations are allowed while the TFR is in effect.

It is unknown at this time if these TFRs will continue. Nonetheless, BARC officials are investigating other options, including locating a low power field outside the TFR area. Please bear with us as we work to find a solution to this unexpected impact on our hobby….

10/20/21 Update: FAA Presidential TFRs (Temporary Flight Restrictions) continue to prevent BARC weekend launches.

03/27/22 Update: BARC is continuing to try to work around Presidential TFRs and personal scheduling conflicts. More experienced club members may be encouraged to help run launches in the future so scheduling may be more flexible when we get a break with the TFRs.

4 thoughts on “Presidential TFRs

  1. As a retired air traffic controller I never heard of a TFR being that big and like the name implies it use to be ‘temporary”. How long has it been in effect and where is the center of it? I also use to be a member of BARC.


    • The TFRs are centered in Wilmington, I think ~20nm from our launch site. They are only in effect when the president goes home for the weekend, which has been very frequently, and last from Friday through Sunday. Unfortunately, on the few weekends where he doesn’t go home there have often been scheduling conflicts with the officers where we wouldn’t be able to hold a launch


      • If you want help with the Philly TFR. Let me know. I have some contacts with Philadelphia Approach Control. The Controllers Union Rep is a friend of mine. By the way the Wilmington TFR is in Philadelphia airspace.


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