THE WRONG TARGET? A friend of mine who’s had his private pilot’s license since he was 15 brought to my attention some rather onerous restrictions that the FAA and several states have placed on small aircraft. It is virtually impossible to secure landing rights at the small airports in the Washington, DC area, for example. As the spokesmen for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association explains,

the requirements that general aviation pilots maintain two-way radio communications, use a transponder and discrete beacon code, file IFR/VFR flight plans, and follow standard air traffic procedures before entering the ADIZ have overloaded the ATC system.

This strikes me as a huge burden for a measure that is rather tangentially related to terrorism. Indeed, as my friend points out, he “didn’t notice any change in U-Haul process after Oklahoma City.”

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.