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Pilots strongly resist ADIZ proliferationPilots strongly resist ADIZ proliferation

Pilots strongly resist ADIZ proliferation
FAA hasn't yet answered call for public meeting

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The Washington, D.C., ADIZ
with Flight Restricted Zone

There should be no mistaking the message - pilots don't think the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) should be made permanent, and they definitely don't want ADIZs to spread to other parts of the country.

"I'm a VFR pilot who must rely on the airspace access to exercise the privileges of my airman's certificate," wrote a California pilot. "I see this proposed regulation as a direct assault on my airspace access. If imposed, this regulation is now 'justified' and can then be duplicated across the country and limit or down right restrict my ability to commute via light aircraft."

By Monday afternoon, 21,136 people had commented on the proposal to make the Washington ADIZ permanent. And literally thousands - including members of Congress - have asked the FAA for public meetings on the proposal.

But the FAA has yet to respond. "I fail to understand how the FAA can ignore the voices of the people on this," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "The FAA, Department of Transportation, and Homeland Security officials need to look pilots in the eye and hear directly how the ADIZ doesn't work and how it unfairly hurts general aviation."

There is still time to add your voice to the opposition. See AOPA's Member Action Center to submit your comments to the FAA.

Updated: February 6, 2006, 4:15 p.m. EST

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