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Decision on lifting national ground stop coming soonDecision on lifting national ground stop coming soon

The FAA will be making a decision this morning about how it will restart the National Airspace System. The FAA contacted AOPA this morning, and AOPA is fully involved to ensure that general aviation will be properly considered. AOPA is advocating a return to full IFR and VFR operations as soon as possible.

Once flights are again permitted, pilots will need to carefully check notams. The FAA has told AOPA that numerous TFRs (temporary flight restrictions) will be in force, including over New York City, the Pentagon, near Somerset, Pennsylvania, and several in the Pacific Northwest.

AOPA will post this information on the Web site as soon as it become available.

"We know from member phone calls and e-mails that many GA pilots are currently stranded away from home," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "The FAA had to take an unprecedented action in response to the terrorist attack on the United States. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, we are working with the FAA to restore our national transportation system to full operation as soon as possible."

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