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FAA issues flight advisories for Trump inauguration

The FAA has issued flight advisories on security measures that will be in effect from Jan. 19 to 21 for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and related festivities.

Special flight restrictions will be in place in the Washington, D.C., area for the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Pilots should be aware that modifications will be made to the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). Additionally, procedures normally permitted at several of the area’s general aviation airports will be suspended.

AOPA strongly urges pilots to check notams frequently during the period for changes to flight restrictions and effective times that could take effect on very short notice.

According to the flight advisory for the Jan. 20 inauguration, the Washington SFRA and FRZ will be modified on Jan. 20, with other restrictions in effect from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

No general aviation IFR or VFR flights will be authorized to transit through the SFRA, and the  provisions of 14 CFR 93.345 for egress procedures will be suspended during the time of the notam for  Barnes, Flying M Farms, Mountain Road, Robinson, and Skyview airports.

The provisions of FDC NOTAM 6/7196 and 14 CFR Part 93 pertaining to the “Maryland 3” airports—Washington Executive Airport/Hyde Field, Potomac Airfield, and College Park Airport—will be suspended during the time of the notam.

VFR traffic pattern operations at SFRA airports will be suspended during the time of the notam, as well as ingress/egress procedures for Leesburg Airport.

According to the flight advisory for pre-inaugural and post-inaugural festivities, the Washington SFRA and FRZ will be modified, with other restrictions in effect, on Jan. 19 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., and on Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Only arrival and departure operations will be authorized in the Washington, D.C., SFRA. Flight training may be conducted after exiting the SFRA, according to the flight advisory.

During the effective times, the provisions of FDC NOTAM 6/7196 and 14 CFR Part 93 pertaining to the “Maryland 3” airports, Washington Executive Airport/Hyde Field, Potomac Airfield, and College Park Airport, will be suspended.

An estimated 800 to 1,100 GA aircraft are expected to fly in for the inauguration; several hundred more than arrived for the 2012 inauguration. Pilots flying into Washington Dulles International Airport for the inauguration should review this arrival and departure information published by the National Business Aviation Association. Also see this additional information from the FAA on the inauguration flight and FBO procedures.

Pilots should refer to the flight advisories for additional restrictions and procedures. Pilots are strongly advised to contact flight service at 800/WX-BRIEF (800/992-7433) prior to flight to check for all current notams.

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz

Associate Editor Web
Associate Editor Web Dan Namowitz has been writing for AOPA in a variety of capacities since 1991. He has been a flight instructor since 1990 and is a 30-year AOPA member.
Topics: Airport Advocacy, Security, Airspace

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