FAA Restores General Aviation In 12 More Major Metropolitan Areas
FAA Restores General
Aviation In 12 More Major Metropolitan Areas
On Oct. 21, the FAA
announced that private aircraft may resume flying this week in the airspace
around 12 major metropolitan areas, in addition to the 15 metropolitan
areas announced last week. This week, flights under visual flight rules
(VFR) may resume according to the following schedule:
Monday, October 22 at 7:00 a.m. eastern
time: Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA: Miami, FL, and
San Francisco, CA.
Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 a.m. eastern
time: Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA,
and San Diego, CA.
Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 a.m. eastern
time: Chicago, IL and Orlando, FL.
In keeping with procedures established
last week, aircraft with encoding transponders will be able to fly VFR
in the Enhanced Class B airspace around these areas. Pilots of aircraft
with radio capability are instructed to monitor the guard frequency (121.5
MHz) while in Enhanced Class B airspace. Aircraft without transponders will
be able to fly in Enhanced Class B if pilots first obtain a waiver. Enhanced
Class B airspace is at least a 20-nautical-mile (22.7 statute mile) radius
around a major airport and extends from the ground to 18,000 feet. Current restrictions on VFR flying
in three other major metropolitan areas — Boston, New York and Washington,
DC — remain unchanged.