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Scheduled Activities

October 17-21 - TULLAHOMA, TN - Staggerwing Beech Museum & Twin Beech 18 Society sponsored "Beech Party 2001, A Family Affair," 931-455-1974

October 19-21 - LAKE TEXOMA, TX - Annual Cedar Mills Marina Seaplane Safety Seminar Splash-In, 903-523-4222 ext. 232

October 20 - PONTOTOC, MS - Chapter 987 9th Annual Fall Fly-In, 662-489-4349

October 20 - HICKORY, NC - Chapter 731 Fall Fly-In, (HKY), 800-852-9113

October 20-21 - HOUSTON, TX - 17th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow at Ellington Field, 713-644-1018

October 20-21 - FORT WORTH, TX - Fort Worth/Alliance Airport sponsored "International Airshow," 817-461-8633

October 20-21 - CHESAPEAKE, VA - Chapter 339 Annual Fly-In (PVG) 757-486-5192

October 21 - DESHLER, OH - Chapter 636 Annual Chile Fly-In, 419-278-1373

October 22-25 - SAN DIEGO, CA - Illuminating Engineering Society sponsored "Aviation Lighting Seminar," 650-821-7756

Young Eagles Rallies

October 20 - LIVINGSTON, TX - Chapter 1222 Young Eagle Rally/Fly-In

EAA SportAir Workshops:
OCT 19-21, 2001, OSHKOSH, WI
Topic: RV Assembly

OCT 19- 21, 2001, CORONA, CA
Topic: RV Assembly
See the complete schedule of upcoming SportAir Workshops.


The Official Electronic Newsletter of EAA

October 15, 2001   Volume 1, Number 28

Welcome to a SPECIAL EDITION of EAA e-HOT LINE, the e-mail newsletter for members of the Experimental Aircraft Association, its divisions and affiliates. We welcome your comments and suggestions to ehotline@eaa.org 

FAA Incrementally Restores VFR Operations in 15 Enhanced Class B Airspace Areas
EAA's continuing efforts on behalf of airplane owners grounded in enhanced Class B airspace have produced significant positive results. Late last week, procedures for the resumption of VFR flight in 15 cities were finalized and these procedures were approved by the National Security Council and the White House on Friday evening. FAA’s NOTAM regarding those areas was released Saturday evening (Oct. 13).

Beginning today, VFR operations in 15 Enhanced Class B areas are being phased in over a three-day period according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, October 15: Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA and St. Louis, MO.
  • Tuesday October 16: Cleveland, OH; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Honolulu, HI; Minneapolis, MN and Phoenix, AZ.
  • Wednesday, October 17: Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH/Covington, KY; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA and Tampa, FL.

Aircraft with transponders and altitude encoding capability will be able to conduct VFR operations in the Enhanced Class B airspace outlined above. Pilots are instructed to monitor the guard frequency 121.5 MHz while in the Enhanced Class B areas. Aircraft without transponders will also be able to fly in Enhanced Class B airspace if they first obtain a waiver. Procedures for obtaining such a waiver and the NOTAM outlining the airspace release will be published on the EAA web site as soon as they become available.

For reasons of national security, current restrictions on VFR flying in the other 15 major metropolitan areas with Enhanced Class B airspace remain unchanged.

“Over the past month, the general/recreational aviation community has faced unprecedented challenges,” EAA President Tom Poberezny said. “This announcement is good news for pilots, aircraft owners, and especially the businesses who have endured such economic hardship. However, our work is not done until all airplanes are back in the air.”

The resumption of VFR operations in these 15 cities is the result of continual negotiations by a National Security Council working group established in early October to address the security requirements necessary to resume VFR flight in Enhanced Class B areas. The group is continuing to work on developing procedures necessary to restore VFR flight in the remaining 15 Class B areas and remove other restrictions on general aviation operations.

EAA offered workable recommendations to open the airspace in early October, and those issues have been part of the NSC working group's discussions for more than a week.

“We are grateful to the FAA and Department of Transportation for their hard work in obtaining the release of this airspace for VFR flight,” said Poberezny. “In particular, we are thrilled that the procedures for operating in the 15 released Enhanced Class B areas are reasonable and easily complied with by the general aviation community.”

EAA will continue its efforts to return general aviation to the point where it was prior to Sept. 11, and will alert its members and other aviation enthusiasts as events develop.
EAA Working to Return Remaining VFR Operations to the Air
Even as VFR operations begin to return to half of the enhanced Class B airspace throughout the nation beginning today, EAA is continuing its efforts to secure the release of VFR operations that are still prohibited.  EAA staff members worked through the weekend in preparation for a meeting this morning (Oct. 15) with other aviation organizations.

The enhanced  Class B airspace areas that will remain closed to VFR operations after Oct. 17 include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The major remaining issue is point-of-departure or airport security.  This issue must be resolved before the remaining flight operations are released.

The National Security Council’s working group, which established procedures for the release of the first 15 enhanced Class B airspace areas, is working to address procedures for the remaining 15 areas.

Your Help Needed to Regain All Flight Operations
Everyone in the general aviation industry has worked hard to return us to the air.  FAA’s recent NOTAM restoring VFR flight operations in 15 of the 30 Enhanced Class B airspace areas is a significant step to returning all operations.  Retaining the privileges obtained to date and restoring others are, in great measure, up to every pilot. 

Pilots must be extremely vigilant in meeting their responsibilities.  Check NOTAMs before every flight.  Do not assume that because VFR operations may have returned to a particular Enhanced Class B airspace area, you can fly in the same matter as before.  EAA insists that all VFR pilots avoid circling, loitering or any unpredictable flight paths.  Also remember to avoid open-air assemblies, power plants, industrial complexes, reservoirs and dams. As we return to the air, professional airmanship is essential.

Flight operations, and the public’s perception of aviation, are not the same as they were before Sept. 11.  Our actions will be the major determining factor in rebuilding public confidence.  FAA has received numerous phone calls from members of the general public who are anxious because of small aircraft flying over their homes or businesses.  Through our professional airmanship, pilots have an outstanding opportunity to showcase our high levels of ability and responsibility throughout the general aviation community.


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