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Limited Glider Operations Can Resume Thursday

The SSA Executive Committee and President tele-conferenced tonight to review the new NOTAM. The committee directed that the SSA continue all efforts to restore all glider privileges as soon as possible. Following are some of the key points they want to pass on to SSA members:

1. All SSA members must be aware that the Federal government is establishing extremely severe penalties for pilots who violate these emergency orders. The government, in many cases, is talking permanent revocation of flight privileges for violations.
2. The "enhanced Class B" airspace includes all airspace from the extreme edge of the outer boundary from the ground to infinity with no overflights permitted.
3. SSA members with specific questions about interpretation of the NOTAM are encouraged to contact their FSDO for direct clarification from government officers. However, be sure to understand that you should document the information you receive and the source in the event that there is later confusion.

In the coming days and hours SSA will be in direct contact with the government to seek relief for glider training operations as well as clarification on whether the ban on "sight-seeing" flights is intended to be a limit on glide operations. Further we will seek to understand if the ban on VFR flight training applies all gliding operations including commercial operators and clubs. From our perspective there is some conflicting language in the new NOTAM and we will work diligently to resolve the conflicts in as positive a manner as possible.


TEXT OF THE NOTAM
FDC 1/0224

ATTENTION ALL OPERATORS - SPECIAL NOTICE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR 91.139 (EMERGENCY AIR TRAFFIC RULES), PART 91 IFR AND VFR AIRCRAFT OPERATION ARE AUTHORIZED AS SPECIFIED IN NOTAMS 1/0111 AND 1/0112. [0111 and 0112 are identical--ed.] TO THE EXTENT THAT CONTRARY LANGUAGE EXISTS, THIS NOTAM SHALL SUPERCEDE.

NOTE: FOR PURPOSES OF THIS NOTAM, THE "TERRITORIAL AIRSPACE OF THE U.S." MEANS THE AIRSPACE OVER THE U.S., ITS TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND THE AIRSPACE OVERLYING THE WATERS BETWEEN THE U.S. COAST AND 12 NAUTICAL MILES FROM THE U.S. COAST.

NOTE: FOR PURPOSES OF THIS NOTAM, AN OVERFLIGHT MEANS THE AIRCRAFT TAKES OFF FROM AND LANDS AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE U.S., ITS TERRITORIES OR POSSESSIONS BUT ENROUTE TRANSITS THE TERRITORIAL AIRSPACE OF THE U.S. WITHOUT LANDING IN THE U.S., ITS TERRITORIES OR POSSESSIONS.

NOTE: FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS NOTAM, "ENHANCED CLASS B AIRSPACE" IS DEFINED AS THAT AIRSPACE WITHIN THE EXTREME LATERAL LIMIT OF CLASS B AIRPACE FROM SURFACE TO INFINITY (I.E. SUCH OPERATIONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED WITHIN, BELOW, OR ABOVE CLASS B AIRSPACE):

PART I. EXCEPT FOR THE OPERATIONS LISTED BELOW, PART 91 VFR OPERATION ARE PERMITTED WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL AIRSPACE OF THE U.S., FOR U.S. REGISTERED AIRCRAFT PROVIDED THAT THOSE OPERATIONS ARE CONDUCTED OUTSIDE "ENHANCED CLASS B AIRSPACE." THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF OPERATIONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED: CIVIL AIRCRAFT VFR FLIGHT TRAINING OPERATIONS BANNER TOWING OPERATIONS SIGHT SEEING FLIGHT OPERATIONS CONDUCTED FOR COMPENSATION OR HIRE (UNDER PART 91, PURSUANT TO THE EXCEPTION IN 119.1(e)(2)) TRAFFIC WATCH FLIGHT OPERATIONS AIRSHIP/BLIMP OPERATIONS NEWS REPORTING OPERATIONS

EXAMPLES OF AUTHORIZED OPERATIONS, OUTSIDE "ENHANCED CLASS B AIRSPACE" INCLUDE: AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE REPOSITIONING. BALLOONS. CIVIL AIR PATROL. GLIDERS. MANUFACTURER PRODUCTION FLIGHT TESTS. MAPPING/PHOTOGRAPHY MISSIONS. PIPELINE/POWERLINE INSPECTIONS. SEAPLANES. SKYDIVING. ULTRALIGHTS. WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS.

PART II. THE FOLLOWING PART 91 IFR OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL AIRSPACE OF THE U.S. FOREIGN REGISTERED AIRCRAFT DEPARTING THE U.S. WITH NO INTERMEDIATE STOPS WITHIN THE U.S. FOREIGN REGISTERED AIRCRAFT OVERFLYING THE U.S. WITH A GROSS TAKEOFF WEIGHT LESS THAN 95,000 POUNDS.

PART III. AUTHORIZATIONS. ALL PART 91 IFR/VFR OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED IN ALASKAN AIRSPACE. WITHIN ûENHANCED CLASS B AIRSPACE,û ALL MEDIVAC, RESCUE/RECOVERY, FIRE FIGHTING, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND EMERGENCY EVACUATION AIRCRAFT CAN CONDUCT IFR OR VFR OPERATIONS USING AN ATC-ASSIGNED DISCRETE BEACON CODE. COMMERCIAL SPACE OPERATIONS ARE AUTHORIZED AND MUST BE APPROVED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES.

PART IV. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF YOUR AUTHORIZATION STATUS CONTACT LOCAL FAA LIGHT SERVICE STATION AT 1-800-WXBRIEF.

Posted: 9/19/2001 By: General News


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