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ADIZ Incursions Hurt All Recreational Flying

Use EAA AeroPlanner online tools to stay vigilant

March 13, 2008 — On Wednesday, March 12, air defenses were scrambled around Washington, D.C., when the pilot of a single-engine private aircraft strayed into the region's Air Defense Identification Zone and came to within six miles of downtown Washington. Major ADIZ incursions such as these, and a number of minor ones, make it difficult for the general aviation community to maintain that extra security measures are not necessary for sensitive airspace throughout the country.

This particular flight, which originated at Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster. Md., ended without incident when the intruding airplane was escorted out of the ADIZ by F-16 fighter jets and diverted to Leesburg, Va.

"EAA and other aviation organizations have worked very hard to keep GA airspace restrictions to a reasonable minimum, but every time an incident such as this occurs it makes that task much more difficult," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government affairs. "Pilots throughout the nation need to take every precaution with every flight to ensure that they do not stray into restricted areas. Each of us is responsible for everyone's freedom to fly. Don't be the pilot that causes more restrictions to be placed on all of us."

EAA's flight planning tools available through the EAA Flight Planner and AeroPlanner, are valuable aids to make sure you don't end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Detailed ADIZ and TFR boundaries are available, as well as the latest NOTAMs to stay up-to-date on restrictions along your flight route.

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