The U.S. State Department said it “generally expects” that U.S. airlines honor notices to airmen (Notams) issued by foreign countries, while Japan has told its airlines to disregard China’s newly declared Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over part of the East China Sea. The conflicting guidance comes as tensions rise over how to address what the U.S., Japan, Taiwan and South Korea agree amounts to illegal territorial assertions on the part of China.
Air Defense Identification Zone
The FAA released its final rule on December 15 making the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ)–which was imposed in February 2003 as a “temporary” flight restriction (TFR) area in the runup to the invasion of Iraq–a permanent fixture. It will go into effect sometime next month.
Despite heavy opposition by pilots and aviation alphabet groups, airspace restrictions and procedures implemented around Washington, D.C., after 9/11–namely the 15-nm-radius Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) and 30-nm-radius Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), both centered at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)–were made permanent under a final rule issued yesterday by the FAA.
AOPA expects the Department of Transportation will publish the final rule on the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ) days before President-elect Barack Obama takes office.
In an attempt to make a permanent ADIZ more palatable, AOPA met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on November 10. The association proposed two alternatives to the permanent ADIZ.
The December 3 town hall meeting planned by the Transportation Security Administration to hear what general aviation operators think about the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) proposal has been tentatively rescheduled to January 6 next year. Plans are to hold the meetings in White Plains, N.Y.; Atlanta; Chicago; Van Nuys, Calif.; and Houston.
With today’s dedication of the country’s first major September 11 memorial at the Pentagon, Americans are recalling the events of that fateful day when airliners were turned into weapons of mass destruction. Although general aviation had nothing to do with the tragic events of 9/11, many of the security measures instituted in the aftermath of the attacks that affect GA operations remain in effect.
Tax-cut legislation proposed by President Bush was passed by Congress at the end of May and was subsequently signed into law by the President. The bill gave the Administration about half of what was desired–$350 billion in cuts versus $726 billion. Whether the legislation will give a boost to the economy remains to be seen.
Two high-profile violations of the capital’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) have prompted the AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF) to send bright orange warning posters and information on ADIZ requirements and operating procedures to more than 1,300 flight schools and FBOs within 400 miles of Washington, D.C. The posters, which are heavily laminated, can be displayed on desks, doors and the sides of fuel trucks.
Two violations of the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ) within a week last month prompted two general aviation organizations to remind pilots to refamiliarize themselves with the restricted airspace.
On March 5 the pilot of a King Air allegedly canceled IFR at 14,500 feet. He might have thought he was above Class B airspace and clear of restricted airspace, but the ADIZ extends up to 18,000 feet.
With the U.S. terrorist threat level lowered from orange (high risk) to yellow (elevated risk) on April 17, the question then became when–if ever–will the Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) imposed over Washington, D.C., and New York City be rescinded?
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