FAA Offers Online Airspace Training for Pilots

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Online training is now available to help general aviation pilots understand the complexities of today's stricter airspace rules and reduce violations of restricted airspace, the FAA said on Tuesday. The training is meant for any pilots who fly in or near restricted areas, especially around Washington, D.C. The course provides detailed information on the requirements and procedures required to operate in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ), the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and other restricted airspace. Pilots who complete the Web-based course and pass a 25-question multiple-choice test will receive a certificate of completion. "Very few pilots actually intend to fly into restricted airspace, but even an inadvertent violation could have serious consequences," said FAA Administrator Marion Blakey. "Pilots are strongly encouraged to take the training to help them understand how to avoid getting into a difficult situation." The training is part of a broad effort by the FAA to reduce the number of violations of Washington airspace.