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FAA Proposes "National Defense Airspace"

The FAA is proposing to fold all the various types of temporarily restricted airspace around Washington, D.C. under a permanent designation called National Defense Airspace. According to AOPA, the zone will cover 2,000 square miles up to 18,000 feet and will be announced today. It had not been posted on the FAA Web site by 2 a.m. EDT. AOPA President Phil Boyer said the 15-mile no-fly zone centered on the Washington Monument, with laser warning lights and anti-aircraft missile batteries is adequate to protect the city. "But we take strong exception with the FAA's proposal to make the temporary outer ring of Washington's defensive airspace -- the Air Defense Identification Zone -- permanent. Boyer said the ADIZ has hampered GA, hurt business and inconvenienced a lot of people since it was imposed at a time of heightened security when the U.S. was about to send troops to Iraq. Since then, the security posture that justified the ADIZ has reduced substantially but the ADIZ around Washington lives on.