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December 2001 Issue

You Can’t Fly There!

Welcome to the new world, where freedoms are lost on a momentís notice through vague Notams, backed by a fleet of fighter jets

[IMGCAP(1)] In the interest of national security, flying light planes has become a confusing and dynamic business where the rules can change between the time you get your briefing and start your engine. In this brave new world, prepare to be wrong.

If thatís too pessimistic a view, there is a bright side. The FAA has backed off enforcement actions when pilots can show theyíre following the rules that existed an hour ago. And the number of airplanes forced to land by armed fighter jets has been small. So far, the trouble appears to be borne of changing rules, nervous politicians and a paranoid public.

But staying out of trouble has gotten decidedly more difficult.

Consider that in t...

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