July 20, 2009 - Pilots who plan to fly to Oshkosh via the Lake Michigan shoreline past the Milwaukee area the weekend before AirVenture are being urged by the FAA to pay particular attention to temporary flight restrictions (TFR) that have been issued for next week, July 23-26. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are performing at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, scheduled to take place July 24-26, at the Lakefront. The Thunderbirds' air show box extends out over the lake and officials are cautioning Oshkosh-bound pilots to be aware of the TFRs.
"We are very concerned in case there are pilots flying to OSH who may not see the NOTAM and may be flying up the shoreline on Thursday through Sunday," said Wanda Adelman of the FAA-Milwaukee ATC. "We don't want anyone to inadvertently get into the air show box," which will be TFR areas on July 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT and July 24-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (See maps.)
Following the Sunday performance one of the Thunderbirds will fly to Oshkosh on Sunday and appear at AirVenture on opening day, July 27.