As of Saturday morning, most flight operations are now permitted in the United States, except in enhanced Class B airspace and temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). Due to the complexity of the current notams, AOPA recognizes that many members may still have questions about what exactly they are permitted to do. AOPA has brought in its staff of aviation technical specialists to answer calls today at 800/USA-AOPA. The Pilot Information Center will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22.
The Web site will be updated later today with a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers. Below is a summary of the current status, with links to more information:
- VFR flight is permitted, except in enhanced Class B airspace and TFRs.
- VFR flight training, including student solo, is permitted outside enhanced Class B airspace and TFRs in non-turbojet aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds (piston-powered, turboprop aircraft, gliders, and balloons).
- Flight training inside enhanced Class B airspace, except for the Boston enhanced Class B and the Washington and New York exclusionary TFRs, is permitted in piston-powered aircraft weighing less than 6,000 pounds.
- Aircraft inside the 30 enhanced Class B airspace may not depart VFR except for the purpose of flight instruction. (That is correct. Dual instruction in piston aircraft less than 6,000 pounds is OK, but VFR flight by a certificated pilot is not.)
- Numerous TFRs (temporary flight restrictions) are in place, including a "blanket" TFR over sporting events and open-air assemblies.
- IFR operations are permitted with restrictions, except through TFRs.
- No Part 91 general aviation operations are permitted within 25 nm of the DCA and JFK VORs.
- All Part 91 general aviation activities (including flight training) are permitted in Alaska and Hawaii.
- Flight tests inside of enhanced Class B airspace are authorized with an FAA designated pilot examiner on board for the purpose of administering the flight test.