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Plan your trip to D.C. for the presidential inaugurationPlan your trip to D.C. for the presidential inauguration

Plan your trip to D.C. for the presidential inauguration

U.S. Capitol Planning to fly into the Washington, D.C., area for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama? AOPA’s home airport, Frederick Municipal (FDK), is a convenient fly-in destination for the event. Located in central Maryland only 50 miles northwest of Washington D.C., it’s the perfect place for you to fly in, avoid the sensitive airspace restrictions, and then travel by ground to the heart of the nation’s capital.

Frederick is located just outside the sensitive flight restrictions of the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), but pilots flying in should note that the D.C. ADIZ will be off limits. Pilots must be vigilant when flying near the area and give wide berth around the ADIZ.

The FAA also has issued large pre-inauguration TFRs covering Philadelphia; Wilmington, Del.; and Baltimore, Md., as well as numerous corridor TFRs along the train route President-elect Obama will travel to the inauguration. Pilots flying anywhere in the region should be especially vigilant about checking notams and getting updates from flight service while en route.

Once you've landed at Frederick, stop by the Landmark Aviation reception area to pick up your free gift from AOPA.

Pre-inauguration flight restrictions


Camp David TFRDate/Times:
2:15 p.m. local Friday, January 16
until 1:00 p.m. local Sunday, January 18

10 nm radius TFR centered on MRB VOR's 055-degree radial at 23.7 nautical miles surface to 17,999-ft-MSL
5 nm radius no-fly zone centered on MRB VOR's 055-degree radial at 23.7 nautical miles surface to 17,999-ft-MSL


Pre-inauguration TFR Click picture for larger image.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia; Wilmington, Del.; Baltimore, Md.;
10-nm radius inner ring and 30-nm radius outer ring
from the ground up to 17,999 feet msl


Sunday, January 18, 2009

12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. local

30 nm radius TFR Centered on the DCA VOR
Surface to 17,999-ft-MSL

All waivers to FDC notam 8/9461 (FRZ) are temporarily suspended during the time of this notam except for waivers beginning with ELO, GOV and SPO.

Washington, D.C., no-fly zone

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

D.C. ADIZ; 30-nm radius of the DCA VOR/DME from the ground up to 17,999 feet msl


  • 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.
  • 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 inside the ADIZ.

For details on the flight restrictions, see the FAA’s flight advisory and check the NOTAM on AOPA Online. Also see a list of preferred routes for leaving the Washington, D.C., area before, during, and after the inauguration. Additional flight restrictions also are in effect for preinauguration activities.

Inaugural event information

See the schedule of events planned for the inauguration from Jan. 18 through 21.

Frederick, Md., to D.C. travel information

The MARC Train is a convenient option for commuting from Frederick to Washington, D.C. The train station is located only two miles from the Frederick Municipal Airport. The MARC Train provides transportation to Union Station (located several blocks from the Capitol), or passengers can transfer to the Metrorail Red Line in Rockville, Md., and to continue their commute into Washington, D.C.

See the special schedule and rates that apply for travel on Jan. 19 and 20. The Frederick Station is located on the Brunswick Line.

Frederick Station
141 B&O Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701.


Frederick hotels have limited availability, but the Courtyard by Marriott still has rooms available. Reserve a room by calling 301/631-9030, or go online.

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