Desdemona's Space Station and Bait Shop (desdemonaspace) wrote in little_details,
Desdemona's Space Station and Bait Shop

Aviation rules re: private planes

Google cannot tell me this--it's too "what iffy." Hope you can help.

I have a sci-fi story where there's an emergency in which I need to move one character from Cleveland to California in as short a time as possible. He has a private plane and he can fly, but how quickly can a flight plan be filed (if that's the right expression) and permission asked for and received to take off? How much and what kind of red tape? If he decides to take off without proper permissions (it really is an emergency of cataclysmic proportions--sci-fi, remember) how likely is it that Homeland Security or the air force will try to shoot him down, or whatever it is they do with pilots who take off without filing a flight plan? Thank you.
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