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Air Force One In Flight  
User currently offlineoriginalblis From Israel, joined Jan 2010, 51 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7512 times:

What kind of special conditions does Air Force One get during flight? Does ATC completely clear out all air traffic from the area or is there just more space given?

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User currently offlinejgarrido From Guam, joined Mar 2007, 340 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6982 times:

In the air it gets the same separation as every other IFR aircraft. 1000' vertically and 3-5 miles laterally in a radar environment. At the airport where he's landing there will be a VIP TFR to keep any unathorized traffic either on the ground or away from the airport. http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/about.jsp.

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16737 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6888 times:

Quoting jgarrido (Reply 1):
In the air it gets the same separation as every other IFR aircraft.

This almost caused a problem a few years ago during the President's secret holiday trip to Iraq. The flight plan was filed as a Gulfstream, and a nearby plane almost tipped ATC off that it was in fact not a Gulfstream but a 747.

Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6327 times:

I believe Air Force One also gets the most direct, Point A-B routing. At least domestically.

User currently offlinepnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2406 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6027 times:

I thought there was a much more generous window around the aircraft when the President is on board. Basically it flies in a box where no other aircraft can fly. On landing and taking off the airspace is closed at an airport for a certain number of minutes before and after.

Interesting post in the commercial threads about Fox saying Gates mentioning money in the 2011 Budget for an AF One study. Gates saying their is money to look at the Air Force One replacement isn't the same as Obama allowing one to be ordered in this term. Sure study it but he would be smart to wait until a second term before allowing it to go to the actual order stage. It won't appear in his Presidency but the optics are what would be important. The AF One fleet is amazingly maintained so age really isn't an issue. Better to spend more $ keeping them in the air then having the optics of ordering a new set of aircraft at this stage and point of the economy.

[Edited 2010-03-26 10:01:39]

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