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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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planegirl
Jun. 13th, 2002 08:43 am (UTC)
all over
There are so many new TFR's out around here and i strongly second that motion to not venture upwards without current flight data.... There is a Chemical weapons depot just a hundred miles up the Columbia River, and after 9/11 their surrounding airspace became more restricted. Well, since 9/11 there have been over 50(!) restricted airspace incursions over the depot, all accidental, but the state is so pissed.
Just thinking about it all...rambling... happy flying!
szasz
Jun. 13th, 2002 09:28 am (UTC)
Re: all over

Yes, I was surprised when doing my flight planning exercise for my BFR just how many of them there still are. From here to Niagara Falls there were none actually in the plan route, but there were three that were near enough that I couldn't eyeball them, I had to actually plot them on the map to be sure of their extent. It's very irritating. And of course they are created and destroyed almost at the whim of the TSA, so one gets to do this for every stupid flight.

Say, if you keep getting ratings at this pace, you won't have to have a BFR for a long time, eh? :)

planegirl
Jun. 14th, 2002 01:47 pm (UTC)
Re: all over
Nope, the term BFR won't be in my vocabulary for the next five years or so!!
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