GA causes most restricted airspace violations

 - October 4, 2006, 4:16 AM

In a recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on securing and defending U.S. airspace, the FAA said general aviation pilots accounted for most of the 3,400 restricted-airspace violations recorded between Sept. 12, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2004. The report attributes most of these violations to weather diversions, pop-up temporary flight restrictions or pilots’ failure to check for notices of restrictions. Additionally, it postulated that terrorists may deliberately enter restricted airspace to test the government’s response or carry out an attack.