With Hurricane Ida barreling toward the US Gulf Coast, the FAA has issued an Airspace Coordination Area NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) for pilots and drone operators in Mississippi and Louisiana. This NOTAM will remain effective until Sep 1, 2021.
The special notice aims to support a safe environment for aviation operations, including ongoing disaster response and recovery flights within the Hurricane Ida Airspace Coordination Area (ACA), whose exact coordinates can be found here.
Hurricane Ida and aviation hazards
Pilots flying in the ACA are advised to exercise extreme caution due to the presence of numerous flight operations engaged in disaster response and recovery efforts, with the FAA warning that these aircraft may need to make sudden and unexpected changes in direction, speed, and altitude.
As such, Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) may also be established over major metropolitan areas and other critical locations within the ACA.
Further, the FAA…