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Small Business Administration Supports EAA's Call For Modified D.C. ADIZ


February 7, 2006 — The U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) urged the FAA to consider additional alternatives to the proposal for a permanent Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) based on data FAA receives during the public comment process, such as EAA's proposal for a substantially modified and more workable security system around the nation's capital. SBA's recommendations were included in comments it submitted Monday, February 6, the comment deadline.

Advocacy says FAA "understates the cost and impact of the proposed rule" on small aviation businesses within the affected area. These include many other small airports, aerial survey firms, flight schools, air charter operations, air tour operators, and other businesses. Advocacy recommends that FAA "revise its economic analysis to include these other small entities."

Advocacy also suggests that FAA publish new alternatives, complete with small business impact data, for public comment on an expedited basis. EAA submitted a proposal for a layered airspace approach that would impose ever-increasing levels of restriction and security as you approach the capital but that allows for relatively normal general aviation operations during periods when there is no specific threat to the nation's capital. Part of EAA's proposal included provisions for possible increased security, screening, and intercept during times of heightened security or threat.

EAA and other aviation organizations participate in the Small Business Administration Aviation Safety Roundtable where proposed rules and policies issued by the FAA and other agencies are reviewed to ensure that the economic and regulatory hardships are accurately accounted for and addressed as provided under the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

"Among the many aviation-related issues that are discussed and reviewed at the SBA Aviation Safety Roundtable, the Washington ADIZ and its impact on general aviation operators and businesses have been at the forefront of every meeting," said Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations. "We are gratified that SBA undertook the effort to explore and weigh in on this critical issue to general aviation. We are especially pleased that they supported our view that the costs of the ADIZ to small businesses were significantly underestimated and viable alternatives to the proposed ADIZ, such as our proposal, should be explored."

EAA, all the GA Associations, and the entire aviation community continue to press for the removal or substantial modification to the "temporary" ADIZ that was imposed around the nation's capital in advance of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a year and a half after the 9/11 attacks on Washington and New York.

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