AOPA has small victory in big ADIZ
After a year's worth of efforts by AOPA and area pilots to improve operations within the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), life will get slightly better for pilots flying out of two airports. The FAA is expected to issue a notam soon that moves the line for the procedure area for Kentmorr Airpark and Bay Bridge Airport several miles south to the end of Kent Island. The original procedure didn't provide enough room for Kentmorr pilots to fly a left pattern, which, in some cases, caused pattern overlap for the two airports. Under the previous notam, Kentmorr pilots who wanted to land and buy fuel at Bay Bridge had to leave the ADIZ and reenter with a new transponder code. The new notam fixes that, allowing pilots to fly to Bay Bridge without leaving the ADIZ area. "While AOPA appreciates this change, it certainly doesn't do much for most of the pilots based at the more than 19 airports located under the ADIZ," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "The fact that this minor change took a full year to implement underscores just how dysfunctional the ADIZ has become and serves to reinforce AOPA's view that the ADIZ is hurting pilots."
January 14, 2005