A Look At Post 9/11/2001 Flying
EAA says pilots have a lot of people to thank for their continued ability to hop in an airplane and take off for just about anywhere. In an analysis of the state of GA five years after the 9/11 terror attacks exactly five years ago, EAA says there are still annoyances and maybe even some serious threats to the freedom to fly but it could have been a lot worse. "Talk of incredibly onerous, expensive and unrealistic security measures that would be demanded of all aircraft was commonplace" immediately after 9/11, EAA staff wrote in an editorial released last week. "Our freedom and dreams of flight were threatened as never before." EAA says the combined efforts of aviation groups re-educated Congress and the new security bureaucracy on GA's place in the post-9/11 world. And while the vast majority of GA operations are unchanged or barely touched by measures that have been introduced in the last five years, EAA says there's still a lot of work to do. It cites the Washington ADIZ, last-minute TFRs and the continuing ban on stadium overflights as lingering issues that need to be resolved. It also says aviation groups have to stay on guard against the occasional zealotry of state governments who try to impose their own security regulations and to temper the often one-sided and sensational coverage of aviation issues by the mainstream media.