Last month pilots, airport managers and others gathered at two public meetings to tell the FAA what they think of the agency’s proposal to make the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ) a permanent fixture. But lurking in the rooms like a stealthy 900-pound gorilla was the even more worrisome possibility that the FAA might mandate similar “security” treatment elsewhere.
Washington Air Defense Identification Zone
The comment period on the proposal to transform the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ)–which covers 3,700 sq mi that closely follow the Washington-Baltimore Class B airspace–into the Washington area special flight rules area (SFRA) closed early last month, with the FAA receiving a record 21,380 responses.
After the FAA removed the transcript of the first public meeting about the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ) from the Web, AOPA filed a Freedom of Information Act request to have it returned to public view.
The transcripts from the first of two public hearings on the proposed Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ), which were removed from the Internet at the request of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), were reposted April 12 without any reactions.
Early last month the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would require VFR pilots to complete Internet-based training before being allowed to fly near–as opposed to into–the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).
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