Re: Congress starts screwing with the National Airspace System
I'm a bit surprised it hasn't happened, as GA (general aviation) is such an easy target. Heck, even the (mostly) intelligent and articulate members of this board don't know very much about it, based on what I have seen in the past (no insult of any kind intended). Things you don't know about are vilified simply.
This accident illustrates to me just how safe a major city like New York is from GA aircraft. This is one of the worst accidents imaginable, a small fast aircraft (Cirrus are among the fastest) hitting a high-rise apartment building. Yet the damage consisted of a fire that was put out in 45 minutes and no casualties outside of the pilots. And believe me, the river corridors in New York are extremely difficult places to fly because there are a lot of airplanes and even more regulations.
The concern has been terrorists, but they can easily do their bit with cars and vans, and so far have stayed away from GA. That's not to say they couldn't, but I suspect they'll stick to more destructive means until their options run out, as GA aircraft are complex, take more training than ground vehicles, and are less destructive.