The FAA has declared the airspace over Washington, D.C., off-limits to VFR general aviation traffic for President Bush's State of the Union address tonight. Like the inauguration, it has been designated a national security event, and penalties for incursions will be severe.
The FAA has issued a notam along with a flight advisory that closes the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) to VFR traffic between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. tonight.
In addition, notams are suspended regarding pattern work and ingress/egress procedures at airports within the ADIZ and flight restricted zone (FRZ). The only exception is for IFR aircraft landing or departing Washington Dulles International (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airports. Those aircraft have to remain on active IFR flight plans while operating within the ADIZ/FRZ.
Update: February 2, 2005