...Not According To The Alphabets...

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Of course, the alphabet groups wasted no time in denouncing the FAA's plan to introduce the ADIZ NPRM. The beans were spilled by vice president for system operations at the FAA, Linda Schuessler, during a grilling at a congressional hearing into the communications mix-up that created panic in Washington on June 9 and very nearly cost Kentucky its governor. In a release, EAA said the existing ADIZ arrangement offers flexibility and can be changed with relative ease. Once it's etched in legislative stone, any changes will have to go through a lengthy rulemaking process. Also, once the ADIZ rule is adopted, getting rid of it in the future will be much more difficult. "There is absolutely no need to make this ADIZ permanent," said EAA's government rep Earl Lawrence. "It would not add a shred of extra security for the country and would further discriminate against general aviation." AOPA President Phil Boyer said rather than making the ADIZ permanent, the government should scrap it. "The 15 nm no-fly zone that was put in place shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks provided adequate security for the nation's capital before the Iraq war when the ADIZ was imposed and it would do so again," he said. Boyer said the ADIZ has crippled many of the businesses at 19 airports within its boundaries and making it permanent would mean the end of many.