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Tonight's State of the Union address means major restrictionsTonight's State of the Union address means major restrictions

Tonight's State of the Union address means major restrictions

Jan. 20, 2004 - President Bush's State of the Union address tonight means that no VFR flight will be permitted in the Baltimore-Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) between 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. local. It is imperative that pilots honor the restrictions and do not violate the airspace.

"In the wake of some extremely negative news reports last week, it is absolutely critical to both national security and general aviation's credibility among the non-flying public that pilots respect tonight's restrictions," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "While they cover a huge volume of airspace, they only last a fairly short time."

According to the notam, no VFR or Part 91 GA flight operations are permitted within the Baltimore-Washington ADIZ between 8 p.m. local and 11:30 p.m. local. Exceptions will be granted for GA IFR flights but only into or out of Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). The notam also pointedly suggests that all pilots check notams frequently for possible changes before operating anywhere in the region.

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