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EAA's Ongoing Work On ADIZ Reaches Capital Hill

 

September 14, 2006 — For the first time since establishment of the "temporary" Washington D.C. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in 2003, representatives from the two most prominent general aviation organizations had an opportunity Tuesday to meet with the ADIZ decision makers from the Department of Defense, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, and the FAA all at the same time. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, hosted the closed-door meeting on Capital Hill along with Senate Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT). EAA Vice President of Government Affairs Doug Macnair and AOPA President Phil Boyer together used the opportunity to present general aviation's case and question senior officials about the efficacy and efficiency of the DC ADIZ.

Representing the government agencies responsible for security in the nation's capitol were Major General M. Scott Mayes, U.S. Air Force, Commander, Continental U.S. for North American Aerospace Defense Command Region; Peter Verga, Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense; Robert Sturgill, FAA Deputy Administrator; Rob Rottman, General Manager for General Aviation for the TSA; and Timothy Koerner, Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Operations, United States Secret Service.

Senator Inhofe, a member of both EAA and AOPA, announced the meeting during his 27th consecutive visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this past July. The intent of the meeting was to establish ongoing contact with the decision makers in order to engage in a dialogue on how to eliminate, shrink, or mitigate the economic and operational impact of the ADIZ.

"Clearly these people have a responsibility to protect the White House, the Capitol Building, and other symbols of our democracy and we have no intention of undermining their efforts," Macnair said. "But we believe there are ways those objectives can be met while improving airspace access around the nation's capitol through technology and procedures."

This is the first time that senior policy makers from all of the most influential parties concerned with security in the nation's capitol have been present at the same time, and that is a significant step forward.

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