Aviation Organizations Gear Up for Super Bowl LIII

FBOs and government agencies alike get ready for a busy weekend.

Super Bowl LIII
NFL's Super Bowl LIII game is wreaking havoc on aviation in the Atlanta area this week.Fox 5 Atlanta

While the Super Bowl is far from an aviation event, the popularity of the final National Football League’s game for the season, set to take place this Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, requires prior planning for aviation operators, companies and government agencies alike.

Hill Aviation, a general aviation FBO located at Fulton County Airport (KFTY), about 15 minutes from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is getting ready to handle the big crowds. In order to meet the high demands, the FBO teamed up with Air Elite Network Support to provide additional support staff. Reservations are required for all aircraft arriving and departing from January 30 through February 5 through Hill Aircraft’s Prior Permission Required (PPR) system. Reservations can be made by calling the FBO and the cost for varies from $1,700 to $3,400 depending on the aircraft type.

To protect the tens of thousands of people attending the event, various Temporary Flight Restrictions will be in effect around the area from January 29 through February 5. Operators should check this page to ensure they comply with all regulations surrounding the event. The South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing, based at McEntire Jon National Guard Base in Eastover, South Carolina, is preparing for the event this week by practicing interceptions with F-16s chasing a local Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 from the South Carolina Wing. The practice flights are coordinated with the Continental U.S. NORAD Region, the FAA and interagency and organizational partners.