Security officials have declared that President George W. Bush's inauguration January 20 is a "national security event." The FAA, responding to orders from the Defense and Homeland Security departments, has issued a notam prohibiting all general aviation VFR flight within or above the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) during the inaugural ceremonies and parade. The general aviation ban is in effect from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m.
The only exception is for IFR aircraft landing or departing Washington Dulles International (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airports, but the FAA anticipates that the GA ramps at both airports likely will fill up with VIP aircraft. Once all the parking is taken, IFR aircraft will be diverted to airports outside the ADIZ.
Similar security restrictions were put in place last year during the president's State of the Union address.
January 4, 2005