The FAA Friday took to the microphones, a rather unusual step,
to talk about the New York and Washington Air Defense
Identification Zones (ADIZs). But the AOPA says, while the FAA's
intent was to "get the word out to pilots" about the existence of
the ADIZs, the unfortunate "spin" in the press will be on the
number of pilot incursions.
AOPA: They Don't Work
AOPA reminds pilots that they must obtain NOTAMS before every
flight and that they must understand and follow ADIZ procedures.
But in interviews with the media, AOPA executives Friday criticized
the failings of the notification system and the operational
procedures within the ADIZs.
AOPA spokesman Warren Morningstar called the notam system
"creaky, based on ancient technology. Pilots don't always get the
information they need in a readily understandable form." He also
said a lot of pilots are absolutely frustrated with a system they
say is unable to handle the number of aircraft trying to fly within
the ADIZ. On good flying days, Morningstar said, pilots have waited
for 45 minutes or more to get a clearance, and that ATC has
sometimes run out of transponder codes, meaning no more aircraft
are allowed to fly.
ago, AOPA proposed four specific steps to reduce the operational
problems with the ADIZs while still maintaining security. While the
government has implemented a limited form of one of AOPA's
proposals (one transponder code for flight pattern operations at
towered airports), it has not acted on any of the other