The second set of ADIZ public meetings that AOPA had pushed for will start this afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Airport Marriott Hotel in Dulles, Virginia. AOPA President Phil Boyer will be first to speak at this meeting. The meeting will resume at 6:30 p.m. and run to 9 p.m.
Federal security officials already got an earful last week from pilots and air traffic controllers about the inadequacies of the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
A not-so-simple flight through the ADIZ illustrates some of those problems. AOPA recently recorded such a flight and condensed it into a 9-minute, downloadable audio file. ( Click here to listen.)
The flight is from Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) outside the ADIZ to Washington Executive/Hyde Field (W32), a small airport close to Washington, D.C., inside the ADIZ and the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ).
The flight will illustrate some of the problems with the ADIZ and some of things pilots generally don't know about it.
For example, even though you've established radio contact with the controller to enter the ADIZ, you still don't have a Class B clearance. The controller isn't obligated to warn you about Class B boundaries. Even though you're talking to the controller, if you enter the Class B without clearance, you can be violated.
Nor, for example, do controllers have to separate traffic in the ADIZ. In fact, a controller speaking at last Thursday's ADIZ public meeting said their instructions were to not provide traffic advisories to ADIZ traffic.
While most of the speaker slots at this week's public meetings already have been reserved, there is still plenty of time to file your written comments on the ADIZ and the possibility of an ADIZ in your area. Some 20,000 of your fellow pilots already have done their part and told the federal government what they think. Click here to protect your freedom of flight.
Updated: January 18, 2006, 6:36 a.m. EST