“To be honest, I had a problem with Atta the first time I talked to him. I didn’t like his personality,” Rudy Dekkers, president and owner of Venice, Fla.-based Huffman Aviation International, said of suspected World Trade Center terrorist Mohamed Atta. “But what are you going to do? I’m going to deny someone flight training because I don’t personally like him?”
September 11 attacks
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced expanded access to its Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The program has only been accessible to date to those businesses located in declared disaster areas, including the vicinities in and around New York City and Washington.
“The DOT would rather let an F-16 shoot down a hijacked airplane than let pilots carry guns in the cockpit,” was The Wall Street Journal’s response to Transportation Security Administration director John Magaw’s declaration “that I will not authorize firearms in the cockpit.” His decision overrides the wishes of airline pilots, who have been campaigning since September 11 to be allowed to carry guns as a barrier of last resort against terroris
The FAA has issued a final decision for redesigning the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan airspace, but it is likely that airport neighbors will challenge the plan on the grounds that the new routings increase noise.
The ninth Annual NBAA Flight Attendant Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in mid-June broke no records for attendance. The number of attendees totaled 160–37 fewer than last year. But according to some of those present, the event this year was better organized and its content more professional.
In a statement issued July 17, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for tighter controls of New York City airspace that would sharply restrict flights below 2,000 feet.
The House Committee on Appropriation has approved legislation that in part supports reimbursing general aviation businesses at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and several surrounding general aviation airports for economic losses incurred as a result of security restrictions imposed after the 9/11 terror
The FAA has expanded its Airspace Flow Program, which gives airlines the option during the peak summer season to accept delays for flights scheduled to fly through storms or to fly longer routes to maneuver around them.
On May 9, procedures and an application process will be in effect for reimbursing FBOs and other providers of general aviation ground-support services at five airports in the Washington, D.C. area “for the direct and incremental financial losses they incurred while the airports were closed” after 9/11.
FAA actions on 9/11 “demonstrated the urgency and initiative of many employees who were acting under intense pressure,” the agency said in a response to the findings last month of the 9/11 commission. But, the commission noted, the FAA faced a situation it had “never encountered or trained against” and no one involved had “perfect information” that morning.