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New Aircraft Intercept Procedures


The FAA would like to remind all aviators of the procedures used if intercepted by air defense aircraft. During national security events, temporary flight restrictions are relayed via notices to airmen and enforced by North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) interceptors. Due to the dire consequences of not following the correct procedures, it is highly advisable to be fully aware of what to do during an intercept. These procedures have been updated in the Aeronautical Information Manual and Aeronautical Information Publication. However, due to the long publication cycles, they won’t be incorporated until August 25, 2011. Please take a few minutes to review the procedures and make yourself aware of what to do if intercepted.

The FAA has also provided information about the Visual Warning System (VWS) for pilots flying around the Washington, D.C., special flight rules area (SFRA). NORAD will employ ground-based low-level laser lights in the National Capitol Region to signal unresponsive aircraft intruding into the Washington D.C. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). More details including a video demonstration of the VWS are available from this FAA website.

The above notice and many other notices from the FAA Safety Team are available from the FAASTeam website under the “Resources” tab. You’ll also find information on the website about seminars, the Wings program, the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program, online resources, and much more. Notices of this type and other safety information can be sent directly to you via e-mail, and the content can be customized to suit your preferences if you create a login and password.


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