Training needed for flying close to Washington, D.C.
As you may have heard, pilots flying within 60 nm of the Washington, D.C., VOR (identifier DCA) must complete an online training course. Here are two new bits of information regarding that course.
First, the name of the course has changed to “Navigating the DC Special Flight Rules Area.” It is available online from the FAA. At the top of the page, you’ll see a notice about the course. Click on it and you’ll see an explanation of the course.
Second, if you took the course a year or so ago when it was called the Washington ADIZ course, you’re covered. You don’t have to do it again, but you did save that certificate, right? You may be asked to present it, although that doesn’t mean you have to carry it in your flight bag. By the way, there is no AOPA Air Safety Foundation course that qualifies or substitutes for the FAA test. You must take the test on the FAA Web site to qualify.
February 26, 2009