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June 11th, 2002

it's a scary world for pilots these days

I see that the famous "deadly force NOTAM" is still in effect.

!FDC 2/1370 FDC SPECIAL NOTICE
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE AIRCRAFT FLYING IN PROXIMITY TO NEWLY ESTABLISHED OR CURRENTLY EXISTING RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED AREAS WILL BE SUBJECT TO BEING FORCED DOWN BY ARMED MILITARY AIRCRAFT. THE MILITARY HAS INDICATED THAT DEADLY FORCE WILL BE USED TO PROTECT THESE AREAS FROM UNAUTHORIZED INCURSIONS. THE U.S. MILITARY WILL USE DEADLY FORCE AS A LAST RESORT, AFTER ALL OTHER MEANS ARE EXHAUSTED. PILOTS ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS THEIR REQUIREMENT TO RECEIVE AN UP TO DATE BRIEFING ON THE STATUS OF THESE AREAS PRIOR TO EVERY FLIGHT. IT IS INCUMBENT ON ALL AVIATORS TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES IF INTERCEPTED. ALL PILOTS SHOULD REVIEW AND FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THE INTERCEPT PROCEDURES CONTAINED IN THE AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION MANUAL SECTION 6.

Damn straight I'll receive an up to date briefing on the status of these areas! It is so sad how the new terrorism-filled world just infiltrates so many parts of all of our daily lives. It's just impossible to get away from. I used to go up in a plane alone to get away from all of the worries of daily life, and now I can't even do that.

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