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FAA denies fair's "no fly zone" request

On Monday, we reported that the Federal Aviation Administration had approved a no-fly zone over the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

On Tuesday, the fair and the FAA confirmed that those flight restrictions were never approved.

The fairgrounds told 13WMAZ this month that the FAA had approved what's called a "notice to airmen" or NOTAM. That would restrict certain aircraft, like drones or helicopters from flying within two miles of the fair and up to 3,000 feet.

Fair Public Safety director Stephen Shimp told 13WMAZ on Tuesday that they were still waiting for approval then.

Shimp says, "At the time of our initial interview, we had applied for the NOTAM, we had been given no notification that it would have been denied and it was done at the recommendation of the FAA, so we felt like at that point, we were okay."

But on the first day of the fair, he says the FAA notified them that their request was denied.

The FAA told 13WMAZ that the request was denied because current regulations already ban drones and low-flying aircraft over the fairgrounds.


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