ADIZ public meetings set

Two public meetings on a proposal to make the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) permanent will be held this month.

The meetings, scheduled by the FAA, also will be attended by officials from the departments of defense and homeland security.

“This represents the first time since Sept. 11 that security officials and the FAA will attend public meetings together about airspace issues,” said AOPA President Phil Boyer. “The government will finally hear it from the people in their own words.”

The meetings are scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia, Maryland, and Jan. 18 at the Airport Marriott in Dulles, Virginia. Meetings at both locations will run between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., then start again at 6:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.

Pilots wishing to speak at the Jan. 18 meeting need to submit a written request (the deadline for the first meeting is already past). Send your request to: Noreen Hannigan, Office of Rulemaking, FAA, 800 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., 20591 or call 202-267-7476.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Can’t attend the meeting, but want to comment on the proposal? Go online to DMS.dot.gov or mail your comments to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street S.W., Washington, D.C., 20590-001.

Comments will be accepted until Feb. 6. As of press time, 19,261 comments had been received on the proposal.

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