Aircraft In Latest Airspace Violation Has A Record
The Cessna 172R that violated restricted airspace over Camp
David last weekend has a history -- at least two previous
incursions into places GA pilots shouldn't go.
The Frederick News-Post reports that aircraft first violated the
Class B airspace surrounding Reagan National Airport on February
24th, 2003. Not only did the pilot fail to obtain a valid
transponder code, according to the FAA, he wasn't even talking to
ATC as he entered, then left the Class B space around Reagan
The second incursion involving that same Cessna 172R (file photo
of type, below) happened November 16th, 2003 -- this time, in the
northern part of the ADIZ surrounding Washington, DC. The FAA says
the pilot strayed about 1.5 miles inside the restricted zone before
turning north and landing at Frederick Municipal Airport, where he
was contacted by the National Capital Region Coordination Center,
part of the Department of Homeland Security.
The FAA report stated the pilot, whose name wasn't released,
"insisted that he had flown numerous times out of (Frederick) on
the same route, and was positive that he had not violated the air
defense identification zone," according to the News-Post.
As ANN reported Monday, the aircraft apparently violated
restricted airspace around Camp David at 2330 on Saturday -- as
President Bush was spending the holiday weekend at the mountain
retreat. The pilot was intercepted by two F-16 fighters and forced
to land back at Frederick. There, the man and woman on board the
Cessna were Security officials (you think they'd have a permanent
lounge at Frederick, given the recent rash of incursions) and later
released without being charged.
The aircraft itself is registered to a Frederick-based company
called Airworthy Aviation and is reportedly operated by Frederick
The ADIZ continues to frustrate DC-area pilots and their
advocates. "The ADIZ has been a disaster affecting pilots and
slowly smothering the businesses that employ people in the national
capital region," said AOPA Senior Vice President Andy Cebula.