September 2007 Issue

The New ADIZ

The Washington ADIZ configuration is changing. Coming with the changes are new rules, a speed limit, airport-specific entry/exit procedures and more.

Some airspace designs are badly done. Some have "badness" thrust upon them. The Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), cobbled together by Notam in early 2003 as a "temporary" measure in preparation for the invasion of Iraq, managed to incorporate both extremes. Along with a "zero-tolerance" approach to even the most cursory and innocent violation, the Washington ADIZ became an operational burden, cartographic nightmare and growth industry for enforcement, all at the same time.

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