The Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association (AOPA) says the FAA
has responded to its safety and operational concerns over the
implementation of the ADIZ surrounding Washington by issuing notam
3/1244. The revised notam addresses safety concerns posed by pilots
by allowing frequency changes to the common traffic advisory
frequency (CTAF) to "self-announce" intentions when operating in
the traffic pattern.
New Traffic Pattern Rules
language states that pilots conducting traffic-pattern operations
will be exempt from the ATC communication requirement provided they
monitor the airport CTAF.
However, pilots will still be required to file and activate a
flight plan and be required to "squawk" a discrete transponder
beacon code. "This notam addresses a critical safety concern of
pilots," reported Heidi Williams, manager of Air Traffic. "We
immediately responded by working with the FAA to have the notam