Sunday A Good Day To Fly

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The FAA posted a flurry of new TFRs in the hours before Sunday's somber anniversary, but almost none of them had anything to do with the day we'd all like to forget. Of course, anyone who might have tried to fly near Lower Manhattan, Washington, D.C., or Shanksville, Pa., could have expected, at the very least, a really bad day. By late Sunday, there were no reports that anyone had done so. There were also TFRs for several airshows and the International Council of Air Shows listed at least a dozen shows in North America on Sunday. But by far the majority of new TFRs are the work of forces much more powerful than any wingnut terrorist cell. Forest fires are closing big blocks of airspace throughout Texas and the West.

Even the weather cooperated for a fine day of flying across much of North America. A huge ridge of high pressure kept skies mostly clear through most of the continent, although the ceremonies at Ground Zero and in Washington and Pennsylvania were under somber skies.