The Anti-ADIZ Effort Intensifies...

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Asking Pilots To Speak Up

Pilots need to speak up -- and loudly -- and the FAA needs to listen, AOPA says, regarding the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) now eating up the airspace around Washington, D.C. The FAA wants to make the ADIZ a permanent fixture, and AOPA has asked for several public meetings to be held before any decisions are made. "The opportunity to provide oral comments in a public forum will allow FAA and Homeland Security officials to hear directly from members of the general aviation community about the practical difficulties and economic hardships the ADIZ causes to pilots operating in the National Capital area," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. The ADIZ encompasses all the land within an area at least 15 miles and as many as 38 miles around the triangle formed by Baltimore-Washington International, Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports. At its widest point, the ADIZ is 90 miles across.