Special awareness training via an online course will be required for any pilot who flies VFR within 100 nm of the Washington, D.C. VOR, if the FAA adopts a proposed rule. The proposal, published yesterday, would apply regardless of the type of pilot certificate or where the flight originated. The course would have to be taken once within six months of the effective date of the rule.
Air Defense Identification Zone
Pilots busting the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ) will now find a helicopter of a different color off their wing to escort them out of the area and into a nearby airport for questioning. The Coast Guard’s orange-and-white HH-65C Dolphins have replaced the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) black-and-gold Black Hawks.
Beginning later this month, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) will use aircraft-specific laser lights to warn errant pilots they have strayed into the Washington, D.C.-area Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
While debate rages over whether the “temporary” Washington metropolitan area air defense identification zone (ADIZ) should be morphed into a permanent ADIZ, a study of 13 general aviation airports that fall within the restricted airspace shows that they have been hit hard economically and operationally.
As opposition continued to mount against a plan to make the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ) permanent, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced at the AOPA Expo that he has extended the comment period deadline from November 2 to February 6.
As the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) mounted a “national pilot alert” against the proposed permanent air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the Washington, D.C. area, general aviation received another black eye when a 22-year-old commercial-rated pilot allegedly stole a Citation VII and took it on a 350-mile joyride from St. Augustine Airport in Florida to Gwinnett County-Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Ga.
The FAA and general aviation organizations have stepped up efforts to inform pilots flying in the airspace around the Washington and Baltimore areas about a new laser light system the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) is using to warn unauthorized aircraft they have violated the national capital region air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and/or the smaller flight restricted zone (FRZ) within it.
The FAA revoked the pilot certificate of Hayden Sheaffer, pilot-in-command of the Cessna 150 that violated the Washington, D.C. ADIZ on May 11.
General aviation’s quest to return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) sustained a blow last month when two Pennsylvania pilots caused another panicked evacuation of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Their Cessna 150 flew to within three miles of the White House.
Hayden Sheaffer, the pilot-in-command of the Cessna 150 that violated the Washington, D.C. ADIZ on May 11, will be allowed to reapply for his airman certificate in 10 months. The FAA reduced the original one-year penalty and Sheaffer, 69, agreed to drop his appeal to the NTSB.