29 May '14, 1pm

NORAD scrambles jets as civilians keep straying into restricted airspace

WASHINGTON — Thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks, military aircraft are scrambling more than once a week, on average, to intercept civilian planes that stray into restricted airspace, military statistics show. The cost to taxpayers for protecting restricted airspace and the 75 annual diversions runs into the million of dollars. The number of incidents has decreased in recent years as the military has spread the word to recreational pilots about restricted airspace, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the military agency responsible for protecting American airspace. The agency anticipates that the frequency of intercepts will remain at this level in the future because no amount of outreach will prevent all pilots from straying. Many recreational pilots fly from small airstrips without a control tower and aren't required to file flight plans....

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140529/NEWS05/3052...

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