ADIZ Public Meetings Set

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Making Eye Contact

The FAA has set public hearings on its proposal to make the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone permanent. The meetings will be held Jan. 12 at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia, Md., and Jan. 18 at the Airport Marriott in Dulles, Va. The meetings will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is expected to be a long list of speakers so itís probably a good idea to reserve your spot now if you have something to say. The FAA now requests you contact Noreen Hannigan via phone at 202 267-7476 or by fax to 202-267-5075. Unfortunately, the only other way to get your name on the list is the old-fashioned way, with a letter to Noreen Hannigan, Office of Rulemaking, FAA, 800 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., 20591. The requests must be in by Jan. 5 for the Jan. 12 meeting and Jan. 11 for the Jan. 18 meeting.

The public meetings were announced by Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta at his question-and-answer session at AOPA Expo in Tampa a month ago. The comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was also extended by 90 days to Feb. 6.