Pilots have a chance to comment on a proposal to make the area around the nation’s Capital a permanent “National Defense Airspace.”
The permanent ADIZ is the idea of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Alphabet groups are lobbying intensely to fight the proposal. “No general aviation aircraft has been used in a terrorist attack and none of the ADIZ violations has been terrorist-related,” notes AOPA’s President Phil Boyer.
The impact on the Air Traffic Control system, as well as pilots and businesses forced to deal with the restrictions, is staggering. The FAA estimates that in the next 10 years the heightened security measures will cost ATC, airports, businesses and pilots more than $296 million.
You can add your comments to the FAA’s proposed notice by going online to DMS.dot.gov or mailing them to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street S.W., Washington, D.C., 20590-001. Comment deadline is Nov. 2.