Monday, January 16, 2006

The Importance of Careful Flight Planning

I haven't been flying much lately, but I do know that since 9/11, it has become very important to plan your flights carefully and to pay close attention to NOTAMs, TFRs (temporary flight restrictions), and various restricted airspaces, lest you wander into the Washington, DC "temporary" ADIZ and wonder why you are suddenly flying in close formation with a Blackhawk helicopter or an Air Force F-16 (as happened in May 2005 to a couple of Pennsylvania men flying a Cessna 150 - the pilot had a hand-held GPS but left it in his car).

Even worse things could happen, as shown in this picture at

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