No-flight zones stifle Part 91 operations

October 8, 2007, 8:04 AM

In the aftermath of the U.S. terrorist attacks, general and business aviation is facing severe flight restrictions. For example, flights below 3,000 ft agl within a three-nautical-mile radius of any major professional or college sporting event or “any other major open-air assembly” are now prohibited throughout the U.S. VFR flying below, through or above enhanced Class B airspace was not allowed. There was a Part 91 no-fly zone within a 25-nm radius of DCA and JFK, which shut down operations at several key GA airports. The FAA was expected to reduce that radius to 18 nm, which would re-open Teterboro and Dulles Airports. In Chicago, O’Hare Airport was closed to Part 91 operations, Meigs was closed to all operations and at Midway operators must comply with new security requirements. Reagan Washington National Airport remained closed.

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