Washington notam called innappropriate

 - April 2, 2007, 6:45 AM

A notam for aircraft flying in the Washington ADIZ that was instigated by an incident last month involving a Kentucky State Police King Air is inappropriate and misdirected, according to AOPA. The notam requires that if an aircraft can’t “continuously” transmit the assigned transponder code, it must fly “the most direct course” out of the ADIZ. AOPA points out that the overreaction by White House security officials following the loss of the transponder signal when the turboprop twin was 13 miles southwest of DCA was caused by the failure of aviation, military and security agencies to properly communicate and coordinate on what should have been a simple and routine ATC response and procedure.