FAA Eases Flight Restrictions
FAA has announced that it is restoring general aviation access to airspace in 30 major metropolitan areas. The restrictions in Class B airspace have been in place around the busiest airports in the country since September 11, 2001.

Significantly, USUA made major efforts in the early days of the flight restrictions to get most ultralighters back in the air by September 20, well before other components of general aviation were allowed to fly in the same airspace.

"This action will allow most general aviation flights to resume their pre-Sept. 11 service," U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said. "This reinforces our commitment to getting America back to business while maintaining the highest standards of safety and security."

Also, newsgathering, traffic watch, banner towing, blimp and commercial sightseeing VFR flights will be allowed to resume except where local restrictions apply.

"These are significant steps in our phased program to safely and securely restore full access to U.S. airspace," FAA Administrator Jane F. Garvey said.

As before, USUA strongly urges all ultralighters flying in or near Class B airspace to check Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) for temporary flight restrictions and to call their local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF before taking off.