A reminder to all local pilots that the UCLA football season is starting soon. That means games at the Rose Bowl and the TFRs that go along with the games. The first Rose Bowl game will be on Saturday, August 31. You can find the schedule online, but here’s a quick summary of home games – some times have not been set and are subject to change.
Sat, Aug 31 vs. Nevada 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 21 vs. New Mexico State TBA
Sat, Oct 12 vs. California TBA
Sat, Nov 02 vs. Colorado TBA
Fri, Nov 15 vs. Washington 6:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov 23 vs. Arizona State TBA
The TFR runs from 1 hour before game time, until 1 hour after game time and prohibits most flight from the surface to 3000′ AGL within a 3nm radius. In the past, SoCal has allowed overflight at 3500′ as meeting the 3000’AGL requirement, but I’m not sure I’d be that low without talking to SoCal. If you depart El Monte’s airspace to the northwest, you are immediately in the 3 nm range of the Rose Bowl. Pilots flying one of the planes with a Garmin in the panel could enter VPLRB as a destination in order to get a distance readout from the Rose Bowl.
USC has football games at the Coliseum, which is also subject to TFRs.The Coliseum is a longer distance from El Monte, so less of an impact to those just flying near EMT. The Dodgers and Angels continue to play games through October as well.