F-16’s Scrambled when multiple aircraft violate Presidential TFR
Both a Cessna and a Piper Cherokee got unexpected close up views of F-16 Fighters today at around Noon in California. The aircraft flew right into the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) set up for Obama's visit to Los Angeles. This came just a few hours after another small aircraft was escorted by fighters for the exact same reason. All of the aircraft were escorted out of the area by the fighters and landed safely where they were met by law enforcement officials. Everyone is fine and terrorism of any sort is not suspected. However, this serves as a reminder for all pilots, whether they work for the airlines or fly a single-engine Cessna, to make sure you check the TFR's. Although it might seem fun to fly in formation with an F-16, it probably isn't quite so exciting when it actually happens. The military has permission to do whatever they determine necessary to protect the safety of whoever the TFR is issued for. Also, the punishments for violating a TFR can included a suspended license.