Tue, Nov 01, 2005
Response: Zone Likely Permanent, May Even Increase
You can add the town council of Leesburg, VA to the growing list
of DC-area residents and business who maintain the massive air
defense identification zone over them is hindering access to the
area, at a high cost to area commerce.
Leesburg, VA airport commissioners and town council members
alike expressed concern last week over the FAA's plan to make the
D.C. ADIZ permanent, stating the tight restrictions in area air
travel have already impacted traffic at the Leesburg Executive
Airport. As has been extensively reported in
Aero-News, the Washington DC ADIZ has come under fire by many
businesses in the DC area, who state the tightly restricted access
to the area has hampered local traffic and is causing many pilots
to avoid the area outright.
Airport Commission Vice Chairman Dennis Boykin said the
restriction is preventing small planes from using the airport,
located directly under the 2,000 square-mile restriction centered
over Dulles International. "Making this permanent would be
undoable," said Boykin, who asked the council to pass a resolution
opposing the plan to make the ADIZ a permanent part of the airspace
over the DC area.
Their concerns may have little-to-no-impact on the FAA's plans,
however. Councilman Robert Zoldos, who works for the agency, stated
"from what I know, this is not going to go away."
Zoldos would not comment further on the zone, according to
Leesburg Today, except that he also thought the zone perimeter
might actually increase.
The council passed the resolution Tuesday against making the
ADIZ permanent, and is also recommending the board of supervisors
to adopt a similar resolution at its meeting scheduled for Nov.
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