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A temporary flight restriction, most often referred to as a TFR, is a restriction originally created by the FAA in an effort to manage the airspace surrounding things such as fires, natural disasters and the like. Following the attacks of 9/11, TFRs were also adopted as a method for federal security agencies to use, as they deem necessary, in relation to the security of VIPs. Considering there are typically an average of 150 active TFRs at any given time, it appears that security is a big need by the federal security agencies. Perhaps it is important to also consider that we are in an election year and those securing high office are traveling quite a bit and TFRs are also implemented for their travel. Nonetheless, the variation of active TFRs during election and non-elections years is not considerably significant.

TFR_ExplanationWith most TFRs, commercial airline flights are rarely disturbed; TFRs primarily affect independents, business and general aviation. What can be the icing on the cake, in regards to inconvenience, is that these TFRs tend to occur quite a bit during peak travel days such as Memorial Day and Labor Day (when everyone and their brother is returning from a big weekend). It is not uncommon for a major TFR, during a peak travel weekend, to cost a charter company in the realm of $15,000 and up in lost revenue. This causes many professionals in the aviation community to question the cost versus the gain. How effective are TFRs against crazy people who might be inclined to wish (or cause) harm to a current or future politician? In truth, as an aviation professional, I don’t see the use of TFRs as a means of protecting politicians as much more than guys with big egos shutting down airspace so they can feel powerful; after all, how likely is it that terrorists give a hoot about checking the TFR database before committing a horrific act?

Not only should you visit Edinburgh, Scottland‘s capital, but you should take your kids! Yep! That’s right! You should take your children. Why? You may ask… well, Edinburgh is bursting at its seems with medieval history painted with gardens and neoclassical buildings. From Arthur’s seat (an extinct volcano in Holyrood park) to Edinburgh Castle (home to Scotland’s crown jewels) to the scavenger hunt at the palace to… too many to mention!

The Gorgeous City of Edinburgh

The Gorgeous City of Edinburgh

What is there to do at the palace? What isn’t there to do? Some prefer the Explorer Quiz, some prefer the scavenger hunt. Others prefer hands on exhibits like the one that allows you to hold a replica of the broadsword – just like the one Mel Gibson fought with in the movie Braveheart. If that is too much excitement for you, as it is me, perhaps you’d like to join me in the castle’s Redcoat cafe for some coffee and cake while overlooking the amazing city views.

Whatever your pleasures may be… Edinburgh offers amazing opportunity. Whether you charter a private plane to Edinburgh, Scotland or not, you’d love the experience… of course, we do recommend a private jet charter to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Airport

 Airport Information – Edinburgh
 City: Edinburgh  Country: United Kingdom
 Airport Code: EGPH  Alt Airport Code: N/A
 Latitude: 55.95000000  Longitude: -3.36999989
 Runway Length: 8,400 ft  Runway Elevation: 135 ft
 GMT Offset: 0

 

All too frequently we associated San Diego with the beach, great sporting events, and awesome downtown entertainment and forget that they are also blessed with the beautiful Laguna Mountains!

San Diego Sunset Trail

San Diego Sunset Trail

Did you know that “The Golden State” was made the official state nickname for California in 1968? You probably do! California can be traced as having been where gold was discovered in 1848 and is often also associates with our golden poppies. But did you know that San Diego county is home of one of the original gold mines? Yes it is! Right in the city of Julian; where you can explore a guided adventure with Eagle Mining Company that will take you deeo into the mine tunnels to experience them from the viewpoint of the original miners of the 1870s. Wouldn’t it be fun to learn to pan for gold with the kids? Follow that up with a slice of Julian’s famous apple pie from Mom’s Pies and you’ll be in golden apple heaven!

Charter flights to San Diego

San Diego Private Jets

Mom’s Pies
2119 Main Street
Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-2472
www.momspiesjulian.com
Mom's Apple Caramel Crumb Pie

Mom’s Apple Caramel Crumb Pie

San Diego couples together the best of city life with the historical mountains in the most beautiful scenery imaginable. A splendid place to visit!

Dusk settles on downtown San Diego with snow-covered Mt. Laguna in the distance

Dusk settles on downtown San Diego with snow-covered Mt. Laguna in the distance

Don’t miss the final segment in our San Diego feature tomorrow that highlights the pleasantly overwhelming fun, food and festivities just waiting for you in downtown San Diego!

 

Exquisite Air Charter is available to arrange a private jet to/from and destination worldwide. Contact us to day to learn more at (888) EAC-JETS or email us.

Worldwide airport destinations can be explored here.

 

If you are still interested in learning more, there are a couple of great website with local information that can also be explored.

Link to Old Town Website for additional information here

Link to Chamber of Commerce Travel Page here

Whether you go for the famous splendor of SeaWorld, unparalleled joy of LegoLand, the historical gaslamp district, or all of the above, San Diego is probably the most underrated tourist city around!

san diego gaslamp district

San Diego Gaslamp District

Our previous post in this series, San Diego – A great place to visit!, highlighted the Hotel del Coronado and briefly mentioned gondola rides and the gas lamp district but let’s dig deeper into the amazing offerings of downtown San Diego. 

The Gondola Company
www.gondolacompany.com

The Gondola Company affords you the ability to mentally be in Venice, Italy while still physically in San Diego California on a 50 minute cruise that accommodates up to six passengers. Bring along a nice bottle of wine or some champagne and they provide the bucket of ice, glasses, and the wine opener.

San Diego Air & Space Museum
www.sandiegoairandspace.com

How can we be an aviation company and not share this one? If you’ve never taken the time to explore aviation history, I promise it is remarkable and inspiring beyond what you may imagine! As founder & CEO of Exquisite Air Charter, and being a lady, I have come to realize that as little girls we don’t tend to play with as many cars and planes as our male associates. The result is less adult interest in aviation. I wish I could share with every little girl the inspiration I found in aviation. Perhaps a museum such as this is a good place to start; let’s teach our children that they can fly! Let’s teach our children that they are capable of the unimaginable. You’d be surprised how much of these lessons exist in aviation; I invite you and your children to explore aviation history and to become inspired in all facets of your life – it was through the is how I fell in love with aviation and I am sure you will find it rewarding as well!

Balboa Island
www.balboaisland.com

Balboa Island in itself is amazing but then… the additional activities are endless; from parasailing to water sports, to fishing, and tours – there are endless activities. One thing, in particular, that draws huge crowds at this time of year is the annual Balboa/Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and the holiday light cruises; simply stunning! Did I mention it is so inexpensive? This year, a 90 minute cruise for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is just $25 per person!

balboa newport christmas boat parade

Balboa Newport Christmas Boat Parade

Nearby Airports:
San Diego International – Lindbergh Field
San Diego – Montgomrey Field
San Diego – Gillespie Field
San Diego – Brown Field Municipal

 

Whether you are a local Southern California who wants to drive up for the weekend or a non-native looking for a great place to visit (with or without the kids) – San Diego is a great choice! The countless experiences that exist in the San Diego is just the icing on the cake to the beautiful scenery and gorgeous year ’round weather. San Diego is uniquely located between the Anza-Borrego Desert, the Pacific Ocean, and the Laguna Mountains; affording you the best of all worlds in one destination!

Scenic San Diego

Scenic San Diego

San Diego Ocean

Imagine… 70 miles of beaches! That figure suggests what many of us natives know to be true – plenty of beach for every mood: romantic, quaint, family-oriented, party, quiet meditation, and so much more! The island area of Coronado houses the famous, red-roofed, Coronado Hotel, sparkling (thanks to the mica mineral) beaches, and plenty of family-oriented and romantic activities such as kayaking, biking, gondola rides, shopping, and amazing food options.

Hotel del Coronado is a landmark that exudes grandeur and luxury and has been complimenting the beautiful beaches since 1888. Whether your visit is geared more toward the Spa Mimosa Mondays or the complimentary s’mores in the evening, the skating rink on the beach during the holidays, or… my personal favorite: the amazingly delicious Sunday brunch, there is no denying the warm and inviting aura provided by such an amazing landmark hotel. With that being said, don’t underestimate Hotel del Coronado‘s competition! Whether it is the casual splendor of Paradise Point or the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley that is so conveniently located just a little more than a mile from Qualcomm stadium.
I think I had the best chipotle chicken sandwich I have ever tasted delivered to my room at Paradise Point followed by walking out my rear French Doors to feed the birds before putting my feet in the beach water right outside my bungaloo in the bay that almost seemed like my own private beach. Did I mention the fire pits and lawn chairs on my back patio (on the beach). While Paradise point isn’t as fancy as the Hotel del Coronado, it is definitely a force to be reckoned with and I, personally, can’t wait until my next visit!

Check back tomorrow for my section on San Diego Mountains; followed by a post dedicated to downtown San Diego.

San Diego Airports

 Airport Information – Gillespie Field
 City: San Diego  State: California (CA)
 Airport Code: SEE  Alt Airport Code: KSEE
 Latitude: 32.82000000  Longitude: -116.97000122
 Runway Length: 5,341 ft  Runway Elevation: 387 ft
 Time Zone: Pacific  GMT Offset: -8
 Airport Information – Montgomery Field
 City: San Diego  State: California (CA)
 Airport Code: MYF  Alt Airport Code: KMYF
 Latitude: 32.81000000  Longitude: -117.12999725
 Runway Length: 4,577 ft  Runway Elevation: 427 ft
 Time Zone: Pacific  GMT Offset: -8
Airport Information – San Diego International Lindbergh Field
 City: San Diego  State: California (CA)
 Airport Code: SAN  Alt Airport Code: KSAN
 Latitude: 32.73000000  Longitude: -117.18000031
 Runway Length: 9,400 ft  Runway Elevation: 14 ft
 Time Zone: Pacific  GMT Offset: -8
Airport Information – Brown Field Municipal
 City: San Diego  State: California (CA)
 Airport Code: SDM  Alt Airport Code: KSDM
 Latitude: 32.57000000  Longitude: -116.98000336
 Runway Length: 7,999 ft  Runway Elevation: 526 ft
 Time Zone: Pacific  GMT Offset: -8