Presidential Visits Disrupt Chicago Airspace

Business Jet Traveler » April 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 5:00am

When President Obama comes home to the Windy City, prepare for air traffic
congestion. More than 20 Chicago-area airports experienced significant operational disruption as a result of the presidential temporary flight restriction (TFR) imposed during a recent weekend. The TFR centered on downtown Chicago, near the President's residence, and extended out as far as 30 miles and up to 18,000 feet.

Besides disrupting air traffic during Obama's arrival and departure, the TFRs played havoc with Chicago airspace while he was on the ground there. Part 121, 125 and 135 operators in compliance with the TSA's Standard Security Program (SSP) had access to O'Hare and Midway Airports, but general aviation and business aircraft not on an SSP were required to land in Rockford or Peoria, Ill., or South Bend, Ind., to be vetted by the TSA before being allowed to proceed to O'Hare or Midway. Aircraft flying to any of the other airports within the TFR were required to receive and adhere to a clearance to enter the airspace. If Obama sticks to his plan to visit his Chicago residence at least once every six weeks, similar TFRs will be enforced nearly three dozen more times throughout his first term.

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““CEOs go to their vacation homes just after companies report favorable news, and CEOs return to headquarters right before subsequent news is released. More good news is released when CEOs are back at work, and CEOs appear not to leave headquarters at all if a firm has adverse news to disclose. When CEOs are away from the office, stock prices behave quietly with sharply lower volatility. Volatility increases immediately when CEOs return to work.” —David Yermack, a New York University finance professor, whose recently released study shows a correlation between when CEOs take their private jets on vacation and movements in their companies’ stock price ”

-David Yermack