Code orange means 'ADIZ creep' for New York and Washington, D.C.

<BR><SPAN class=twodeck>New airspace restrictions protect nation's capital, New York, and Mickey's homes</SPAN>

March 18, 2003

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Shortly after President Bush told the nation that war with Iraq is most likely, the Homeland Security Department raised the terrorist threat level to orange, or "high risk." And with that, the FAA and Transportation Security Administration have imposed new airspace restrictions over the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas, along with Disneyland and Disney World. Notams implementing the restrictions became effective today at 3 p.m.

"While AOPA and general aviation pilots are more than willing to do what's necessary to protect the nation from credible security threats, we're very concerned about 'ADIZ creep' and the operational problems they bring," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "An ADIZ can severely disrupt general aviation operations, affecting the businesses and transportation needs of thousands of people. Let's make sure the security threat is real and significant before once again shackling the lives and livelihoods of American citizens."

New York gets an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) within the Mode C veil (30-nm radius of Kennedy, Newark, and La Guardia airports), requiring pilots to file flight plans and "squawk and talk."

In California and Florida, pilots must avoid the areas within 3 nm and 3,000 feet of the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks.

And in the Washington, D.C., area, the flight plan requirement has been reinstated for operations within the Washington ADIZ, while approved, based-pilots flying to the "DC-3" airports (Hyde Field, Potomac, and College Park airports) must once again clear security at a gateway airport, this time Tipton Airport (FME).

Boyer noted the possibility of ADIZ-like restrictions being applied to other cities, citing both information from government sources and a Department of Homeland Security press release on Operation Liberty Shield, which states that "new temporary flight restrictions have been put into place over certain U.S. cities, including Washington D.C. and New York City. The FAA will continue to closely monitor air traffic in these and other key areas."

"ADIZs are uncharted territory for both pilots and the FAA," said Boyer. "As the Washington ADIZ has demonstrated, the FAA doesn't have the resources to adequately handle the additional load placed on the system. And pilots have a difficult time complying with rules and procedures that are made up and then changed on the fly."

For both New York and Washington, the ADIZ extends from the surface to 18,000 feet msl. In order to operate within either ADIZ, pilots must file a flight plan (IFR or VFR), obtain a discrete transponder code, and be in communications with air traffic control. Pilots must continue to squawk that discrete code until clear of the ADIZ or until the wheels touch the runway.

The New York ADIZ will affect 27 public-use facilities ( see list), including Essex County (CDW), Central Jersey Regional (47N), Republic (FRG), Westchester County (HPN), and Morristown (MMU). AOPA has compiled a list of contact telephone numbers and radio frequencies for pilots to obtain their clearances (if required) and discrete transponder codes for ADIZ operations.

AOPA has also created a checklist for ADIZ operations.

Pilots are encouraged to e-mail reports of any difficulties operating within the New York ADIZ to NewYorkADIZ@aopa.org and the Washington ADIZ to WashingtonADIZ@aopa.org.

AOPA sends special AOPA ePilot alerts to warn pilots of airspace changes in their area. If you are not already receiving ePilot by e-mail, sign up here to ensure you get timely notification of significant airspace restrictions in your area.

Public-use facilities within the New York ADIZ

Airport ID Name City State Clearance Delivery Alt Clearance Delivery / Notes
2N7 Little Ferry SPB LITTLE FERRY NJ 800/645-3206
516/683-2964
 
39N Princeton PRINCETON/ROCKY HILL NJ 800/645-3206
516/683-2964
 
3N4 Newark NR 1 Heliport NEWARK NJ 800/645-3206
516/683-2964
 
3N6 Old Bridge OLD BRIDGE NJ 609/754-2767  
47N Central Jersey Regional MANVILLE NJ 800/645-3206
516/683-2964
 
4N1 Greenwood Lake WEST MILFORD NJ 800/645-3206
516/683-2964
 
6N4 Pan Am Metroport Heliport NEW YORK NY 516/683-2849 135.2/non-published frequency to contact ATC while on the ground
6N5 East 34th Street Heliport NEW YORK NY 516/683-2849  
6N6 Evers SPB NEW YORK NY 516/683-2961 135.2/non-published frequency to contact ATC while on the ground
6N7 New York Skyports Inc SPB NEW YORK NY 516/683-2849  
7N2 Peekskill SPB PEEKSKILL NY   note: outside class "b" or call FSS 866 365 5019
7N3 Sands Point SPB PORT WASHINGTON NY 516/683-2961  
CDW Essex County CALDWELL NJ 121.1  
EWR Newark Liberty International NEWARK NJ 118.85  
FRG Republic FARMINGDALE NY 128.25  
H43 Haverstraw Heliport HAVERSTRAW NY 516/683-2961 note: outside class "b" or call FSS 866 365 5019
HPN Westchester County WHITE PLAINS NY 127.25  
JFK John F Kennedy International NEW YORK NY 135.05  
JRA West 30th St. Heliport NEW YORK NY 516/683-2849  
JRB Port Auth-Dwntn-Manhattan/Wall St. Heliport NEW YORK NY 516/683-2849  
LDJ Linden LINDEN NJ 128.35  
LGA La Guardia NEW YORK NY 135.2  
MMU Morristown Municipal MORRISTOWN NJ 121.2  
N07 Lincoln Park LINCOLN PARK NJ 800/645-3206
516/683-2964
 
N51 Solberg-Hunterdon READINGTON NJ 800/645-3206
516/683-2964
 
SMQ Somerset SOMERVILLE NJ 800/645-3206
516/683-2964
 
TEB Teterboro TETERBORO NJ 128.05  

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