The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing private planes to be moved from airports in the New York and Washington areas, where they have been grounded since the Sept. 11 attacks.
The FAA has also reduced the 28-mile no-fly zone over both cities to 20 miles. The decision will enable some private planes to use two facilities near Washington--Dulles Airport and the Airpark in Montgomery County, Md. It also affects Teterboro and Linden airports in New Jersey as well as Republic Airport on Long Island in New York.
For the most part, private pilots in the no-fly areas must file flight plans with the FAA before they take off. The procedure, known as instrument flight rules, is required for about 10 percent of all private plane trips, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
The only exceptions are training flights in single-engine planes weighing 4,000 pounds or less, the FAA said.
The FAA has allowed news helicopters and blimps back in the skies in some areas, except above 28 urban areas, including New York and Washington.
Private planes remain banned from Reagan National Airport outside Washington and the three major New York-area airports.