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News | Nov. 19, 2010

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

The FAA would like to remind all aviators of the procedures used if intercepted by air defense aircraft. During national security events, Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are NOTAMed and enforced by NORAD interceptors. Due to the dire consequences of not following the correct procedures, it is highly advisable to be fully aware of what to do during an intercept.

These procedures have been updated in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), however due to the long publication cycles they will not be incorporated until August 25, 2011. Please take a few minutes and review the procedures and make yourself aware of what to do if intercepted. Intercept Procedures can be reviewed at:

We have also included the Visual Warning System (VWS) information if you are flying around the Washington DC SFRA. More details including a video demonstration of the VWS are available from the following

FAA web site: