FAA announces ADIZ training proposal

 - October 4, 2006, 4:18 AM

As the pressure mounts in Congress to do something about pilots who bust the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Washington, D.C., the FAA has apparently decided to try to head off any “draconian” legislation. At a July 21 House Committee on Government Reform hearing on restricted airspace issues, FAA deputy administrator Robert Sturgell floated a proposal that requires pilots to complete a restricted-airspace awareness training program, after which they would receive a certificate of completion. The training can be accomplished through an FAA safety seminar or an online course, he said. Pilots would then need to make a logbook endorsement and be required to carry the completion certificate with them during flights into the ADIZ. According to Sturgell, the FAA intends to issue a Special FAR that gives pilots within 100 miles of the ADIZ 30 days to accomplish the new training; pilots elsewhere will have 120 days to comply. Additionally, Sturgell warned that the FAA plans to impose harsher penalties on those who violate the ADIZ.