It’s common knowledge that Central Florida is crucial to winning the presidential election.
The area has been playing host to visits from the president, Mitt Romney and many others.
But one small business is taking a financial hit from all of the high profile visits.
It’s called a TFR, or temporary flight restriction, and it works like a roadblock for the skies.
“We get the same type of thing in flying in that they are going to close down airspace that’s over the area where the president is, whether it is flying into and landing or as we saw this past weekend where they are traveling along the ground as well,” said Jeff Alungseth, with Flight Instruction Air Orlando.
It goes into effect whenever someone important enough, like the president, visits Central Florida.
And lately that has been happening a lot, and when it does, it means one thing for Air Orland at the executive airport.
“We close the doors, send everybody home. Pack it up and that was it,” said Air Orlando CEO Mike Terfur.
The school trains pilots and offers charter flights, but lately political and VIP visits have triggered many airspace shutdowns, inevitable stalling the business bottom line.
“A lost day is $10,000 revenue, so,” said Terfur.
The president’s latest road trip through Florida forced three days’ worth of closures and grounded aircraft charters for Air Orlando and the president wasn’t even flying.
There are harsh penalties for violating the rules in the air, and many pilots don’t want the risk or the headache.
“The way that they verbiage it, it could be you could be intercepted from military aircraft, to having your license revoked which is the livelihood of anyone flying as a paid pilot or as an instructor,” explained Alungseth.
It’s not just the president.
Governor Romney and Paul Ryan, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all trigger temporary flight restrictions.
Terfur hopes the issue will show up on someone’s radar.
“There has gotta be a way where we can continue to function on a limited basis so we don’t have these massive interruptions to the business," said Terfur.
Air Orlando was expecting another shutdown Wednesday for former President Bill Clinton’s Orlando visit.
All former presidents trigger the restrictions while in town.