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AOPA urges pilots to fly smart during the holidaysAOPA urges pilots to fly smart during the holidays

As you fly this holiday season, be security conscious. That's the message from AOPA to general aviation pilots during this period of heightened alert status. "That means more than taking part in Airport Watch," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of government and technical affairs. "Think about how your flight looks to security officials on the ground."

According to news reports, security officials are especially concerned about soft targets of the national infrastructure such as power plants and water supplies. AOPA urges pilots not to loiter over such facilities. "We want to avoid any more temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) like the one issued for Chicago ( see story)," said Cebula. "Given the heightened alert status, GA must be extremely careful not to give officials any reason to clamp down."

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