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Sunday Update from SSA - Sept. 16th

Now is the time for SSA members to maintain their patience. Personal and economic inconvenience is considerable not just by operators of N-Registered sailplanes in the US! Regional contests and many soaring activities are being delayed or canceled.

SSA urges a return to normal VFR regulations and operations as published in Part 91 as soon as possible. SSA also urges a return to normal sailplane operations from airports and other sites at which gliding operations are conducted. Sailplanes are not strategic aircraft; they have limited seating or weight carrying capability; they operate normally at low speeds; and, they carry minimal avionics or other equipment. Finally, the soaring community in the US is small and close-knit and has been historically policed and controlled actions by its own members.

We note that restrictions on gliding and the rest of general aviation in the UK has returned to near normal and hope that the heightened security measures in the US will soon allow the peaceful VFR operation of sailplanes under regular FAR Part 91 in this country.

SSA applauds the work of FAA in working as fast as they can to keep the airways in the United States safe and efficient. Security concerns continue to over ride the efforts of the FAA, and the SSA will continue to work with authorities toward the normalization of Soaring in America. SSA will continue to report developments on this Home Page as they progress.
SPECIAL NOTICE. ATTENTION ALL OPERATORS - SPECIAL NOTICE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 16 2001 0600 UTC (0200 EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR 91.139 (EMERGENCY AIR TRAFFIC RULES) U.S. MILITARY AND U.S. GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT, AS WELL AS U.S. OR CANADIAN REGISTERED AIRCRAFT, CONDUCTING IFR OPERATIONS, ARE AUTHORIZED IN UNITED STATES CONTROLLED AIRSPACE IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE REGULATIONS AND NOTICES TO AIRMEN SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS: PART I - U.S. OPERATIONS. 1. PART 121 AND PART 125 OPERATORS INCLUDING FERRY FLIGHTS ARE PERMITTED TO OPERATE BETWEEN U.S. SECURE AIRPORTS. 2. PART 121 CARGO OPERATORS IN THE U.S. ARE AUTHORIZED TO RESUME OPERATIONS. 3. PART 135 OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED TO OPERATE WITH AN ASSIGNED DISCRETE BEACON CODE. PART 135 AIRCRAFT THAT DO NOT HAVE A COMPANY CALL SIGN MUST FILE A ûTû PRIOR TO THE AIRCRAFT TAIL NUMBER (FOR EXAMPLE, ûTN552Qû). 4. ALL PART 133 OPERATIONS ARE APPROVED, EXCEPT FOR THOSE OPERATIONS CONDUCTED UNDER 14 CFR SECTION 133.33 (D) (CONGESTED AREA OPERATIONS.) APPROVED PART 133 OPERATIONS CAN OPERATE IN AND OUT OF SECURE OR NONSECURE AIRPORTS. THESE AIRCRAFT MUST OPERATE WITH AN ASSIGNED DISCRETE BEACON CODE. END PART 1 OF 5 16 SEP 06:00 UNTIL UFN
5. PART 91 AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES CONTROLLED AIRSPACE, INCLUDING HAWAII AND ALL U.S. TERRITORIES, PROVIDED OPERATORS FILE AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN AND OPERATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH IFR FROM DEPARTURE TO DESTINATION. 6. PART 91 AIRCRAFT OPERATORS ARE AUTHORIZED TO CONDUCT OPERATIONS FROM U.S. AIRPORTS TO AND FROM EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES: JAPAN, CANADA, MEXICO, THE BAHAMAS, ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, AND NORTHERN IRELAND PROVIDED OPERATORS FILE AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN; OPERATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH IFR FROM DEPARTURE TO DESTINATION; MAKE NO INTERMEDIATE STOPS; AND COMPLY WITH ALL U.S. CUSTOMS NOTIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS TO LAND AT U.S. AIRPORTS DESIGNATED AS PORTS OF ENTRY. 7. AIRBORNE CANCELLATION OF IFR CLEARANCE IS NOT AUTHORIZED. 8. PILOTS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO DEPART VFR TO ACTIVATE IFR CLEARANCES AIRBORNE. 9. VFR-ON-TOP OPERATIONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED. 10. PART 91 AIRCRAFT IFR AND VFR OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED IN ALASKAN AIRSPACE. 12. PART 137 OPERATIONS ARE APPROVED IN U.S. CONTROLLED AIRSPACE. END PART 2 OF 5 16 SEP 06:00 UNTIL UFN
PART II - INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS. 1. PART 121, 125, AND 129 OPERATORS CAN DEPART THE U.S. FROM SECURE AIRPORTS. 2. PART 121 OPERATORS FROM EXTRAORDINARY LOCATIONS (THOSE STATIONS AT WHICH THE FAA REQUIRES EXTRAORDINARY SECURITY MEASURES) OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND PART 121, 125, 129 FROM ALL AIRPORTS IN CANADA, SCOTLAND, WALES, ENGLAND, AND NORTHERN IRELAND ARE AUTHORIZED TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES. 3. FAA SECURITY MAY AUTHORIZE, ON A STATION-BY-STATION BASIS, PART 121 OPERATORS FROM NON-EXTRAORDINARY LOCATIONS TO ENTER THE U.S. 4. PART 129 OPERATORS ARE PERMITTED TO ENTER AND OPERATE WITHIN THE U.S. UPON AFFIRMING TO THEIR FAA PRINCIPAL SECURITY INSPECTORS THAT THEY HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE ADDITIONAL SECURITY PROVISIONS OF THE FAA EMERGENCY AMENDMENT. 5. ALL CANADIAN REGISTERED PART 129 OPERATORS ORIGINATING FROM CANADA ARE PERMITTED TO OPERATE WITHIN U.S. CONTROLLED AIRSPACE. 6. PART 129 AIRCRAFT THAT DIVERTED TO OTHER AIRPORTS IN THE U.S. ARE PERMITTED TO CONTINUE TO THEIR FINAL U.S. DESTINATION. 7. PART 135 OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED AND MUST BE ASSIGNED A DISCRETE BEACON CODE. END PART 3 OF 5 16 SEP 06:00 UNTIL UFN
PART III - THE FOLLOWING FLIGHT OPERATIONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED IN THE UNITED STATES CONTROLLED AIRSPACE: 1. OVERFLIGHTS OF THE SOVEREIGN TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES EXCEPT AS APPROVED BY FAA. (NOTE: AIRCRAFT OPERATORS MUST ASCERTAIN THE STATUS OF ITS DESTINATION AIRPORT). 2. PART 91 VFR OPERATIONS ARE PROHIBITED. PART IV - SPECIAL INFORMATION. 1. ALL MEDIVAC, MILITARY, FIRE FIGHTING, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND HURRICANE EVACUATION AIRCRAFT (HURRICANE EVAC AIRCRAFT OPERATING ALONG THE COASTAL STATES FROM TEXAS TO NORTH CAROLINA INCLUDING AIRSPACE OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO FOR OIL RIG EVACUATION) CAN OPERATE BETWEEN ALL AIRPORTS AND OPERATE WITH AN ASSIGNED DISCRETE BEACON CODE. 2. FOREIGN MILITARY OR STATE AIRCRAFT MUST REQUEST APPROVAL FOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS IN SOVEREIGN U.S. AIRSPACE. THIS APPROVAL MUST BE OBTAINED PRIOR TO FILING AN IFR FLIGHT PLAN. 3. PILOTS CAN EXPECT SOME DELAYS TO CERTAIN AIRPORTS DUE TO TRAFFIC VOLUME. 4. PILOTS ARE REMINDED THAT THERE ARE INCREASED SECURITY MEASURES IN PLACE AT MANY AIRPORTS. IN ACCORDANCE WITH 14 CFR SECTION 91.103, PRIOR TO DEPARTURE, PILOTS MUST OBTAIN PERTINENT FLIGHT INFORMATION, INCLUDING ANY TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ALONG THEIR ROUTE OF FLIGHT OR AT THEIR POINT OF DEPARTURE/ARRIVAL PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. END PART 4 OF 5 16 SEP 06:00 UNTIL UFN
5. THE ONLY EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RESTRICTION ARE AIRCRAFT OPERATING IN SUPPORT OF MEDICAL EMERGENCY, RESCUE AND RECOVERY MISSIONS, FIRE-FIGHTING OR NATIONAL EMERGENCY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND HURRICANE EVACUATION. 6. TRANSIT OF U.S. CONTROLLED AIRSPACE BY ANY AIRCRAFT BEYOND THE 12 NM TERRITORIAL LIMIT IS PERMITTED. 7. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF YOUR AUTHORIZATION STATUS CONTACT THE FAA. END PART 5 OF 5 16 SEP 06:00 UNTIL UFN

Posted: 9/16/2001 By: General News


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