Flying Restrictions in the Poconos for Trump Golf Trips

Planes must take different route above residential areas

SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - There are flight restrictions in the Poconos this summer, but it's not because of weather or money issues. An airport had to change its weekend plane routes to accommodate President Trump's golf trips. 

For the next several months, the President plans to spend a lot of time at his New Jersey golf club. When he visits, pilots and residents may face some inconveniences 50 miles away in Smithfield Township.

Kevin Hoyt is used to the faint, buzzing sounds above his home. The past few weeks, they've gotten noisier.

"I just hear the planes going back and forth. The helicopters are what's really loud," he explains.

On summer weekends, President Trump's visiting his Bedminster, New Jersey National Golf Club as a getaway from Washington. For safety purposes, the Federal Aviation Administration created a special no-fly zone around the area, which extends above the Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport.

"The guy works real hard. If he wants to go out and play golf in New Jersey, more power to him," Hoyt adds.

Planes can still fly to and from the airport, but pilots are required to take a different route above residential areas. It's a change John Olson hears below from his home, but doesn't mind.  

"I'm used to it. It's been here as long as I've been here," he says.

The Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport is privately owned, but open to the public. A parachute business called Sky's the Limit also operates from the property. Owners warn: their sky diving planes may cause temporary disruptions for neighbors.

Olson says, "hey, that's the way life is. You got a president coming around, they're going to put restrictions on."

Smithfield Township officials say the no-fly zone will be in place whenever President Trump plans to play golf, which is likely to be throughout the summer.


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