Pilots flying in the Washington, D.C., area need to remember that the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) is changing shape.
Instead of a "Mickey Mouse" pattern around Washington and Baltimore, which is difficult to navigate and enforce, the ADIZ will become a 30-nautical-mile radius circle around the DCA VOR/DME on August 30. AOPA has been pushing for changes to the Washington ADIZ for years.
“It’s a great start, but we still have a long way to go if we want to reduce and possibly eliminate overly burdensome flight restrictions,” said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president regulatory affairs. “For now, pilots must learn the new rules and play by them.”
Note that the old notams will still be in effect up until August 30. If you have operational comments or concerns, drop AOPA a line.
August 23, 2007