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Flight Restrictions Announced For Tuesday's State Of The Union Address


January 27, 2006 — The FAA, as directed by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense, has created additional flight restrictions to be in place between 7-11 p.m. local time on Tuesday, January 31, for President Bush's State of the Union address to Congress. As stated in its National Security Event Flight Advisory, no general aviation transit flights will be authorized to operate within/through the Washington ADIZ. All flight waivers to operate within the ADIZ/FRZ are suspended except waivers beginning with ELO, GOV or SPO. GA aircraft on IFR flight plans arriving and/or departing Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) may be authorized for ingress/egress, but under tight restrictions.

Aircraft receiving authorization to operate within the ADIZ/FRZ are required to be on an active IFR flight plan; have a discrete transponder code assigned by ATC; and remain in continuous two-way communications with ATC. Aircraft entering/operating within the ADIZ/FRZ without authorization may be intercepted by military or U.S. Customs aircraft and questioned by Federal law officers.

Prohibited flight operations anywhere within the ADIZ/FRZ include flight training, gliders, hot-air balloons, animal population control, utility line/pipe inspection flights, banner towing, parachuting, ultralights, practice approaches, aerobatic flying, hang-gliding, crop-dusting, seaplanes, model aircraft, and unmanned aircraft systems.

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