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Presidential Inauguration

Posted on Mon, Jan 21, 2013

President Obama’s second Inauguration will be held on the 21st of January and with this brings some headaches for the Aviation community. For those of you who are looking to fly into the DC Area, there are a number of rules and regulations you will want to know.

SFRA FRZFirst off, you will want to know what the Washington Special Flight Rules Area is. As you can see to the right, the SFRA is a 30 nautical mile radius branching out essentially from Reagan National Airport.  Technically, it is the airspace within a 30 nautical mile radius of 385134n/0770211w. This area is open for only authorized DOD and Law Enforcement/Air Ambulance operations with prior coordination and approval from the Air Security Operations Center (ASOC). To reach the ASOC, call them at 866-598-9524. Also important is the Washington DC Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ), which is the inner circle in the above map. If you are with the DOD, Law Enforcement or Air Ambulance, you need a minimum of 48 hours advance coordination with the ASOC.

The FAA Flight Advisory is four pages long so some of the main points are as follows: 
  1. All Part 135 and General Aviation aircraft on 'an active IFR flight plan may arrive and/or depart from Dulles International Airport (IAD), Baltimore Washington International (BWI) and Manassas Regional/Davis Airport (HEF) Only'. As far as access to DCA goes, only authorized Part 121 and Part 129 regularly scheduled commercial passenger carriers under the TSA AOSSP (Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program) or Model Security Program (MSP) are authorized.
  1. Part 121 and 129 regularly scheduled commercial passenger and all cargo flights that meet or exceed the TSA approved AOSSP, FACAOSSP (Full All-Cargo Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program), TFSSP (Twelve-Five Standard Security Program), All Cargo MSP or All-cargo International Security Procedure (ACISP) and DOS Foreign Aircraft issued diplomatic clearance are authorized to operate within the DC SFRA. Foreign Aircraft issued diplomatic clearance are authorized to operate into and out of Andrews Air Force Base (KADW) Only.
  1. No General Aviation IFR/VFR flights will be authorized to transit through the DC SFRA.
  1. Any provisions for the Maryland 3 airports (College Park- CGS, Executive airport/Hyde field- W32, and Potomac Airfield- VKX) under FDC NOTAM 0/8326 and 14 CFR Part 93 are suspended during the time of this particular NOTAM (Notice to Airmen).
  1. If you have a waiver to operate within thee SFRA/FRZ, those are temporarily suspended during the time of this NOTAM, unless your waiver begins with ELO, GOV or SPO.
  1. Should you choose to not follow any of the flight restrictions, you might find yourself intercepted, detained and interviewed by security personnel. Violating the restrictions intentionally could subject you to civil penalties, suspension or loss of airmen certificates or criminal charges. If an aircraft is deemed an imminent threat, the FAA has warned that the U.S. government may use deadly force.

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