The FAA early last month published a new notam requiring N-registered aircraft with an mtow of more than 100,309 pounds to obtain an operational waiver from the Transportation Security Administration to enter or overfly U.S. territorial airspace regardless of the point of origin of the flight, effective October 6.
In addition to Flight Service Stations and some private providers of flight-planning services, notams are also available online from NBAA and the FAA. Domestic, international and special notams, as well as temporary flight restriction (TFR) airspace, can be found at www.faa.gov/NTAP/index.htm.
Pilots are urged to check notams carefully when operating in airspace affected by Presidential temporary flight restrictions, including the temporary closure of airports, because each one is tailored to unique conditions and circumstances due to the “unpredictable nature of the current security environment,” according to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey.
Late last month the FAA issued several Notams eliminating enhanced Class B airspace and reducing the dimension of the temporary flight restriction areas in Washington, New York and Boston. The Notams also restore Part 91 access to New York’s JFK and La Guardia Airports.
KING AIR C90, SOMERSET, KY., JAN. 18, 2000–Factual information in the investigation of a King Air–N74CC–that collided with a communications antenna while shooting the approach into Somerset-Pulaski County-JT Wilson Field (SME) in Somerset, Ky., was recently released by the NTSB. An ATP-rated pilot and three passengers were killed in the crash.
Air Support’s Preflight Planning System (PPS) is a flight planning engine that produces an operational computer flight plan showing routes, flight levels, distance, time and fuel needs, including reserves.
The FAA has released a list of stadiums to help pilots comply with notam 2/0199. The FAA’s list provides the latitude and longitude of sporting event sites and the class of airspace above each site, as well as other useful information. Go to HAI’s Web site (www.rotor.com) and search its new database for the stadium notam. Click where indicated to obtain the complete listing.
With general aviation access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in an indefinite holding pattern, NBAA has decided to re-target its monthly update meetings at the airport to encompass all of the security issues that business aviation faces or may face in the future.
Last month, the FAA handed off notam waiver requests to the Transportation Security Administration. Existing FAA-issued waivers will continue to be valid, but now operators requesting permission to conduct operations not permitted by existing notams should send their waiver requests to TSA. The security agency will also handle requests from international Part 91 operators for waivers to the designated “portal” countries notam.
Penalties for violating temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in the wake of September 11 could be severe. The FAA believes that any pilot who violates the TFRs has demonstrated “a substantial disregard for safety and security, warranting a 150- to 240-day suspension or revocation of pilot certificates,” according to the AOPA.