posted on Mar, 10 2005 @ 05:38 PM
The new regs were made, as far as I know, to increase the amount of traffic a given flight level can take.
As for military flights, they arent restricted BUT in Europe, commercial traffic has designated corridors that they can use, and the military has
massive areas of airspace reserved for them. This is why when you fly across Europe, you take a haphazard route, because you arefollowing paths
rather than going from point A to point B. Not sure how this is arranged in the US.
Not everyone has to enter a flight plan. You can take an aircraft up, and providing you stay out of the commercial routes and the military zones, you
can fly any which way you want. There was a recent issue with this in the UK, because Easyjet flys out of a couple of airports in the North of the UK
which are in uncontrolled airspace, and this has caused issues when the passenger jets try and join the normal stream - noones controlling them, so
noones looking out for them and the chance of collision is higher than normal. There was also an issue with military jets and gliders sharing the
same airspace - there was a near miss last year.