FAA Revises DC Flight Procedures

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The FAA issued a new National Security Flight Advisory on Monday for flights in the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). The advisory replaces the previous Notice to Airmen and details procedures for operating within the FRZ. Also covered are operations at the "Maryland 3" airports that lie beneath the airspace. "[The advisory] includes some minor changes, none of which impact general aviation pilots or GA operations," AOPA spokeswoman Kathleen Vasconcelo told AVweb on Tuesday. The advisory also explains the procedures to be used in case of a transponder failure, and warns about the consequences for those who fail to observe the procedures. Pilots who break the rules, whether inadvertently or not, "may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by federal law enforcement/security personnel and/or DOD, additional sanctions are possible," the FAA says.