ADIZ Update Still In The Works

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An update to the Air Defense Identification Zone over Washington, D.C., is due by July, but the details are continuing to be worked out and that date might be extended, AOPA said on Monday. At a briefing for local pilots held last week, some FAA officials suggested the final ADIZ could end up smaller than the current one. A circle extending for 30 nautical miles from the VOR at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was one scenario discussed, which would exclude four Maryland airports -- including Martin State and Baltimore-Washington International -- from the ADIZ. The circle might include some "notches" to ease access to other general aviation airports within the zone. Pilots and controllers at the meeting expressed concerns about the radio procedures that would be required to navigate the airspace. However, no decisions have yet been made. "At this point, we have no official or even unofficial word that this is the final alternative," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Our staff continues to maintain close contact with the FAA, Transportation Security Administration, and the Department of Defense, just a few of the many agencies involved in the ADIZ decision making." The FAA is still reviewing more than 22,000 comments to its ADIZ proposal, AOPA said.