Biden Visit Prompts Drone Restrictions

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CHATHAM — President Joe Biden will be spending Thanksgiving and this weekend on Nantucket, and as part of the security preparations, the FAA has grounded all drones, even toy ones, until the presidential visit is concluded.

Chatham Municipal Airport Manager Tim Howard issued a reminder Monday about the federal temporary flight restriction, which is in effect in a 30-mile ring around the Nantucket Airport. That area includes all of Chatham and parts of Harwich, Dennis and Yarmouth.

“Within this ring, operation of any and all Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), which include drones of all types, is unlawful / forbidden with serious repercussions,” Howard said. The presidential security detail includes enhanced radar coverage of the region, and violators “can get in big trouble fast” if detected, he said.

The restrictions take effect Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. and remain in effect through Sunday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. They include a ban on flying model airplanes and gliders and all training flights. Pilots are reminded to read the relevant FAA Notice to Airmen about the restrictions.