On Wednesday, September 12, there was talk of reopening the national airspace system in the afternoon, but no official announcement came. On Thursday, the FAA and DOT posted notices that airline and general aviation domestic flying would return to normal at 1600 Zulu time. I filed an IFR flight plan, it was accepted, and I went to the airport to see how things worked. They didn't. I called ground control from inside my hangar and got the expected news that no matter what Washington said, no general aviation airplanes were flying that day, and probably not many airliners.