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FAA implements AOPA recommended 'test' procedures at some ADIZ airportsFAA implements AOPA recommended 'test' procedures at some ADIZ airports

FAA implements AOPA recommended 'test' procedures at some ADIZ airports

Purpose: To establish procedures for VFR pattern work at airports with operating control towers contained within the N.Y. and D.C.-area ADIZs that would still ensure for two-way radio communication with ATC and operating on a discrete beacon code (which identifies aircraft intentions) and Mode C for that location.

Background: The existing requirement to file an individual flight plan and have a discreet beacon code for each aircraft operating within a traffic pattern has limited the number of available codes. The result has slowed the system processing of point-to-point flight planning operations for ingress, egress, and between airports contained in the ADIZ.

This proposal is to test a procedure at no more that three (3) airports contained each within the D.C. and N.Y. ADIZs that would delete the requirement for individual flight plans for closed traffic pattern work only.

Test proposal airports are:

N.Y.-area ADIZ: FRG, MMU, and CDW
D.C.-area ADIZ: HEF, MTN, and NYG

Procedures:

The rules that apply within the N.Y. ADIZ and D.C. ADIZ are:

  1. All aircraft operating in the traffic pattern must remain in two-way radio communications with ATC (operating control tower).
  2. All aircraft operating in the traffic pattern will utilize a discrete beacon code (different for each location) and operating Mode C assigned by the control tower during that operation.
  3. The operating control tower shall maintain individual position identification of each aircraft assigned their discrete tower codes.
  4. All aircraft requesting closed traffic pattern work at these specified airports shall make the request prior to taxi operations.
  5. Transient aircraft requesting closed pattern work shall make the request prior to traffic pattern entry, and change beacon code only when instructed to do so by the operating control tower once established in the pattern.
  6. Aircraft that are departing the traffic pattern after completion of closed pattern work shall meet all the requirements of the current ADIZ procedures.

March 21, 2003

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