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Keeping the airspace clear is just part of the mission for helicopter crews monitoring Super Bowl 53

ATLANTA — A fleet of law enforcement helicopters are at the ready and on the move this weekend at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. 

David Grantham, a pilot with U.S. Customs and Border Protection has the responsibility of keeping the airspace over Mercedes-Benz Stadium clear on Super Bowl Sunday. 

"When a pilot looks off his wing and sees a Blackhawk there, he knows he's not having a very good day," Grantham said. 

A day before the big game kicks off, Grantham gave us a look at what it takes to protect the area over the Super Bowl. 

Starting Sunday afternoon you won't see any commercial or private flights over Downtown Atlanta. It's part of a wide spread Temporary Flight Restriction. Should a pilot try to fly anywhere near downtown, they may find some law enforcement off their wing. 

Keeping the airspace clear is just part of their mission.

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Federal authorities will be making sure the sky above and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium remains clear on Super Bowl Sunday.

The helicopters will also be using a powerful camera system to stream live aerials to any of the more than 50 law enforcement agencies they're partnering with.

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Federal authorities will be making sure the sky above and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium remains clear on Super Bowl Sunday.

"If anyone gets an alert or needs a helicopter over head will be there," Grantham said. 

Homeland Security has been on the ground for a week running training flights ahead of the big game.

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"If we do our job, and we have a little bit of luck, we're hoping that the general public doesn't even know you're there."

But should they be needed, they're ready. 

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Federal authorities will be making sure the sky above and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium remains clear on Super Bowl Sunday.