The FAA today published a Notice identifying two public meetings it will hold to solicit feedback and comments regarding its proposed codification of the Washington DC Air Defense Identification Zone (DC ADIZ). Specifically, the FAA would like responses, with supporting documentation, to the following questions: (1) What has been the effect of the airspace restrictions on aircraft owners that relocated outside the DC ADIZ? What has been the loss of income for those aircraft owners? (2) What has been the loss in time and revenue of pilots flying longer routes to avoid the DC ADIZ or curtailing their flying because of the DC ADIZ? and (3) What is the percentage of reduction in overall flying because of the existence of the DC ADIZ?
The public meetings will be held on the following dates: (1) January 12, 2006 from 1 p.m. until no later than 4 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. until no later than 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Colombia Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044; telephone 410-730-3900; http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/index.html. (The deadline to submit a request to make an oral statement at this meeting is January 5, 2006.); and (2) January 18, 2006 from 1 p.m. until no later than 4 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. until no later than 9 p.m. at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott (Salon A, B, and C), 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, VA 20166; telephone 703-471-9500; http://marriott.com/default.mi. (The deadline to submit a request to make an oral statement at this meeting is January 11, 2006.)
Requests to present a statement at the public meetings and questions regarding the logistics of the meetings should be directed to Noreen Hannigan, Office of Rulemaking (ARM-106), Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-7476, facsimile (202) 267- 5075. Additionally, the written comment period for the proposed rule will close on February 6, 2006.
If you are in the Washington DC area, these meetings present an opportunity to inform the FAA of the impact of the DC ADIZ on general aviation and the impropriety of codifying the DC ADIZ. They also represent a chance to let the FAA know that additional ADIZ’s beyond the DC area are similarly unnecessary, improper and will be detrimental to general aviation. Regardless of whether you are able to attend either of the meetings, you should still submit written comments to the proposed rule.