Aero-News Alert: Mineta Promises To Listen On ADIZ | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Oshkosh Day One

Oshkosh Day Two

Oshkosh Day Three

Oshkosh Day Four

Oshkosh Day Five

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Oshkosh Day One

Oshkosh Day Two

Oshkosh Day Three

Oshkosh Day Four

Oshkosh Day Five

Tweet Us The Coolest Things You See @OSH16!
#OSH16Coolest!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Thu, Nov 03, 2005

Aero-News Alert: Mineta Promises To Listen On ADIZ

SecTrans Grants ADIZ Comment Extension, Promises Hearings

During an introductory General Session at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Expo in Tampa, Florida, Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta announced that he had granted a 90-day extension to the comment period on the Washington, DC, area ADIZ.

Mineta's voice grew stern when he discussed airspace violations, which he described as a near-daily occurrence. "It's an issue of accountability," he said to the audience. which consisted mostly of pilots and people closely aligned with aviation. He blamed the closure of Potomac Airfield on "continued violations," which is the most detailed statement any government official has made on the controversial closing.

He bluntly told the AOPA members to forget about a change in the post-911 security regime; in his view, the changes are permanent. But he agreed to listen.

In an introduction that recapped Mineta's career, and his many connections with aviation (two sons are pilots for Delta and SkyWest; his wife is a retired United flight attendant, and he was a principal author of the General Aviation Revitalization Act), AOPA President Phil Boyer mentioned the 17,682 comments on the Notice of Proposed Rule Making.

Mineta took evident pleasure in correcting Boyer's numbers. "My latest count is 17,912, not 17,682," the Secretary said with a grin. He quipped that he hadn't personally read them all yet (an enormous undertaking).

But then he dropped his bombshell. "I have directed the FAA to reopen the comment period for 90 days," he said, producing spontaneous applause. But he wasn't done.

"There will be a full public meeting," Mineta said, producing another burst of applause. He went on to say that the government will not just be represented by Transportation agencies such as FAA, but that security agencies -- the true, shadowy, and previously unaccountable powers behind the airspace grab -- will be present at the hearing.

After Mineta concluded his remarks, Phil Boyer thanked him, pointing out that the 90 day comment period was longer than the organization had pressed for -- or expected.

This is no commitment to change the ADIZ proposal, but the commitment to listen is an important step. The information on the comment extension and the public hearing (or hearings; AOPA is already pushing to have multiple hearings around the country, not just one in Washington) will be published in the Federal Register.

Instructions to make a comment on the ADIZ are available on AOPA's website at www.aopa.org/adizalert and Aero-News is assured that the Department of Transportation staff are reading -- and tallying -- the comments.

We'll be carrying more from Secretary Mineta's significant speech in real time today, and it will also be featured in tomorrow's Aero-News Special Report Aero-Cast.

FMI: www.dot.gov

Advertisement

More News

AutoGyro Introduces Type Certified Gyroplanes In The U.S.

Two Versions Of The Calidus Gyroplane FAA Approved The FAA has type-certified two versions of the German-built Calidus Gyroplane after the recent completion of conformity testing c>[...]

SPA Introduces Their 3.3 Liter Corvair Conversion

'Engine In Box' Option Allows Quicker Competition Times For Builders In the North Aircraft display area, Dan and Rachel Weseman of Sport Performance Aviation LLC debuted their late>[...]

Avidyne Makes Innovative Use Of IFD Series With iPads

Provide Interesting Big Glass Solutions For Both Forward Fit And Retrofit Avidyne is showcasing some innovative ‘Big Glass’ configurations in their booth at Oshkosh thi>[...]

Wipaire Helps ANN Make AirVenture Coverage Happen!

Wipaire Is A Leading Aircraft Service Provider, and the Holder Of Over 100 STCs For over 55 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a full line of aircraft floats for>[...]

Airborne 07.26.16-Oshkosh Day 2: Solar Impulse, Sun Flyer, Stemme S-12

Also: AEA $$Giveaway$$, LAM Aviation, Able Flight, Jack Pelton On Aero-Medical Reform We start our report this morning with something that has very little to do with the EAA AirVen>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC