BREAKING: FAA Closes Airspace Over Federal Lands Near Bundy Ranch
The FAA has closed airspace over BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lands near the Bundy Ranch in Nevada.
The following notice is on the official FAA government website.
FDC 4/1687 ZLA NV..AIRSPACE MESQUITE, NV..TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS WITHIN AREA DEFINED AS 3NM RADIUS OF 364624N/1141113W (MMM71 RADIAL AT 4.3NM) SFC-3000FT AGL LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 91.137(A)(1) TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT.
ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF BLM ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE AIRSPACE. BLM TELEPHONE 702-335-3191 IS IN CHARGE OF ON SCENE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTIVITY. LOS ANGELES /ZLA/ ARTCC TELEPHONE 661-265-8205 IS THE FAA COORDINATION FACILITY. 1404112140-1405111434
This is supposed to be to protect government air traffic from increasing civilian air traffic in the area. This only closes air traffic at altitudes of 0-3000ft, however that is the airspace media aircraft regularly operate in to get good video/photos.
The area mentioned supposedly does not include the Bundy’s land.
This closing comes on the heels of aerial photos being posted on the Bundy Ranch Facebook Page of what appears to be a large, improvised command compound on BLM lands (see photo below).