‘Temporary’ Washington ADIZ to be permanent

The Federal Aviation Administration has released the final version of a rule making the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) – the only such zone within the borders of the United States – a permanent fixture in American airspace.

The change comes despite congressional inquiries, negative economic studies, more than 22,000 written comments from pilot in opposition to the rule, and an all-out effort by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to convince officials that the ADIZ is an unreasonable, burdensome security restriction.

“It’s extremely disappointing that the ADIZ – something that was hastily implemented as a temporary measure – has become federal regulation,” said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. “We have never given up trying to eliminate the ADIZ, working with security officials, members of Congress, the White House and the FAA.”

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