D.C. airspace restricted during presidential inauguration

December 31, 2008

The Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone and Flight Restricted Zone will be closed to general aviation aircraft on Jan. 20 for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Jan. 20, no VFR or IFR GA flight operations will be permitted to transit the ADIZ. Only GA aircraft on an active IFR flight plan departing or arriving at Washington Dulles International (IAD), Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI), and Manassas Regional (HEF) airports will be permitted during that time period.

All waivers for flight into the ADIZ or FRZ will be suspended during that time, except for those beginning with ELO, GOV, or SPO.

Special procedures will be temporarily suspended at the DC-3 airports, College Park (CGS), Potomac Airfield (VKX), and Washington Executive/Hyde Field (W32), along with Barnes (MD47), Flying M Farms (MD77), Mountain Road (MD43), Robinson (MD14), Skyview (51VA), and Vint Hill Farms Station (04VA).

The “maneuver area” and ingress and egress procedures at Leesburg (JYO) will also be suspended during that time. For more details, see the FAA’s flight advisory.

D.C. ADIZPilots are encouraged to use extreme caution while flying near the ADIZ on Jan. 20. Those who wish to fly-in prior to the event are welcome to land at Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK), home of AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md. The airport lies just outside of the ADIZ and offers easy access to transportation into Washington, D.C.