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2009 Presidential Inauguration

Updated January 8, 2009

Presidential inaugurations historically generate a significant increase in air traffic headed to the Washington, DC area. As a result of this increased traffic, and due to the heightened security implications, there are a number of things that operators flying into and out of the Washington, DC metro area can expect:

  • Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)
    A TFR has been issued which will restrict general aviation aircraft operations in the DC area. In summary, only GA flights on active IFR flight plans to or from IAD, BWI, or HEF will be permitted within the ADIZ during the hours of the TFR.  The details of the TFR have been made available in NOTAM 8/4901 below.
  • Traffic Management Initiatives
    There will be no slot reservation program (STMP) associated with the 2009 Presidential Inauguration for any of the greater Washington, DC area airports.  The FAA’s strategy for the inaugural event is to "Monitor-Evaluate-Communicate-Implement". Peak demand will be addressed primarily with departure spacing (DSP) delays and miles-in-trail (MIT). Ground stops and ground delay programs may be used, but only as a last resort. All of the primary stakeholders will be linked by an open phone line, allowing the Command Center, Dulles and Baltimore Towers, Potomac Approach and the FBOs to communicate quickly and share important information.
  • Aircraft Parking Issues
    There will likely be parking challenges at the airports surrounding the DC area. FBO personnel will be working in close collaboration with FAA to help direct operators to parking. Operators are encouraged to contact their FBO of choice ahead of time in order to reserve parking and/or services. More

NBAA recommends that operators planning to be in the DC metro area during this event be subscribed to NBAA Airspace Alerts. As NBAA staff gets additional information about the inauguration, updates will be distributed through NBAA Airspace Alerts. NBAA Members may subscribe to the Airspace Alerts e-mail list by visiting My Air Mail.

TFR Information

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The full text of the Inauguration NOTAM is available below.

The TFR is active only on January 20, 2009, from 1500z (1000 local) until 2300z (1800 local). The Washington Air Defense and Identification Zone (DC ADIZ) will create the outer ring and will allow IFR arrivals/departures to Washington Dulles (KIAD), Baltimore-Washington (KBWI) and Manassas (KHEF) during the TFR.  The Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) constitutes the inner ring of the TFR, meaning there will be no access to Reagan National Airport (DCA), even under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). All flight waivers to operate within the FRZ are suspended during this TFR, except waivers beginning with ELO, GOV or SPO.

The ADIZ constitutes the outer ring of the TFR.  This will allow only IFR traffic into IAD and BWI.  Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) is available for IFR traffic as well.

The FAA, at the request of the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense, as part of the airspace security measures, has modified the DC ADIZ and FRZ with additional flight restrictions between the hours of 1000-1800 local.

Washington DC ADIZ Restrictions:

The DC ADIZ is that area of airspace over the surface of the earth where the ready identification, location, and control of aircraft is required in the interests of national security. Specifically, the DC ADIZ is that airspace, from the surface to but not including FL180, within a 30-mile radius of 385134N/0770211W or the DCA VOR/DME.

  1. Only authorized DOD and Law Enforcement/Air Ambulance operations are permitted within the ADIZ with prior coordination and approval from the Air Security Operations Center (ASOC) at 866-598-9524.
  2. General Aviation aircraft on an active IFR flight Plan arriving and/or departing Dulles International Airport (IAD), Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) and Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) are authorized.
  3. Only authorized CFR Part 121 and CFR Part 129 regularly scheduled commercial passenger and all-cargo flights that MEET OR EXCEED the Transportation Security  Administration approved Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program (AOSSP), Full All-Cargo Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program (FACAOSSP), Domestic Security Integration Program (DSIP), Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) All Cargo, or All-Cargo International Security Procedure (ACISP) and DOS Foreign Aircraft issued a diplomatic clearance are authorized to operate within the ADIZ.
  4. No General Aviation IFR/VFR flights will be authorized to transit through the DC ADIZ.
  5. The provisions of FDC NOTAM 8/9459, VFR traffic pattern operations at certain airports and egress procedures for the following airports are temporarily suspended during the time of this NOTAM:
    1. Barnes (MD47)
    2. Flying M Farms (MD77)
    3. Mountain Road (MD43)
    4. Robinson (MD14)
    5. Skyview (51VA)
    6. Vint Hill Farms Station (04VA)
  6. The provisions of FDC NOTAM 8/9460, ingress/egress procedures for Leesburg (JYO) in Virginia are temporarily suspended during the time of this NOTAM.

Washington DC FRZ Restrictions:

From the surface up to but not including FL180 beginning at the Washington /DCA/ VOR/DME 311 degree radial at 15NM 385931N/0771830W, thence clockwise along the DCA 15NM arc to the DCA 002 degree radial at 15NM 390628N/0770432W, thence southeast via a line drawn to the DCA 049 degree radial at 14NM 390218N/0765038W, thence south via a line drawn to the DCA 064 degree radial at 13NM 385901N/0764832W, thence clockwise along the 13NM arc to the DCA 276 degree radial at 13NM 385053N/0771848W, thence north to the point of beginning, excluding the airspace within a 1NM radius of Freeway Airport /W00/ Mitchellville, MD.  The FRZ is within and part of the Washington ADIZ.

  1. Only authorized CFR Part 121 and PART 129 regularly scheduled commercial passenger carriers operating into and out of Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) under one of the following Transportation Security Administration approved standard security programs/procedures: Aircraft Operator Standard Security Program (AOSSP), Domestic Security Integration Program (DSIP) are authorized to operate in the DC FRZ.
  2. Foreign aircraft issued a Department of State diplomatic clearance are authorized to operate into and out of Andrews AFB (KADW) ONLY.
  3. The provisions of FDC NOTAM 8/9461, pertaining to the Maryland 3 airports known as Washington Executive Airport/Hyde Field (W32), Potomac Airfield (VKX) and College Park Airport (CGS), are temporarily suspended during the time of this NOTAM.

Additional requirements for aircraft receiving authorization to operate within the ADIZ/FRZ:

  1. Be on an active IFR flight plan.
  2. Have a discrete transponder code assigned by ATC.
  3. Remain in continuous two-way communications with ATC.

Aircraft Entering/Operating within the ADIZ/FRZ Without Authorization may be Intercepted and diverted to: Easton, MD (ESN), Stafford, VA (RMN) or Carroll County, MD (DMW) Airports for questioning by Federal Law Enforcement Officers.

Special Flights or Operations not authorized ANYWHERE within the ADIZ/FRZ:

Flight training, practice instrument approaches, aerobatic flight, glider operations, parachute operations, ultralight, hang gliding, lighter than air operations, balloon/moored balloon operations, agriculture/crop dusting, animal population control flight operations, banner towing operations, utility line/pipeline inspection flights, part 101 operations, model aircraft operations, model rocketry and unmanned aerial systems.

NOTAM 8/4901

FDC 8/4901 ZDC PART 1 OF 6 FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS WASHINGTON, DC, JANUARY 20, 2009. PURSUANT TO 49 USC 40103(B), THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) CLASSIFIES THE AIRSPACE DEFINED IN THIS NOTAM AS 'NATIONAL DEFENSE AIRSPACE'. PILOTS WHO DO NOT ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES MAY BE INTERCEPTED, DETAINED AND INTER- VIEWED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT/ SECURITY PERSONNEL. ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL ACTIONS MAY ALSO BE TAKEN AGAINST A PILOT WHO DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OR ANY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS OR PROCEDURES ANNOUNCED IN THIS NOTAM: A) THE FAA MAY TAKE ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION, INCLUDING IMPOSING CIVIL PENALTIES AND THE SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF AIRMEN CERTIFICATES; OR B) THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MAY PURSUE CRIMINAL CHARGES, INCLUDING CHARGES UNDER TITLE 49 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 46307; OR C) THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MAY USE DEADLY FORCE AGAINST THE AIRBORNE AIRCRAFT, IF IT IS DETERMINED THAT THE AIRCRAFT POSES AN IMMINENT SECURITY THREAT. PURSUANT TO TITLE 14, CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, SECTIONS 91.141 AND 99.7 SPECIAL SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS, EFFECTIVE 0901201500 UTC (1000 LOCAL 01/20/09) UNTIL 0901202300 UTC (1800 LOCAL 01/20/09). END PART 1 OF 6

FDC 8/4901 ZDC PART 2 OF 6 FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS WASHINGTON, DC, A. THE DC ADIZ IS THAT AREA OF AIRSPACE OVER THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH WHERE THE READY IDENTIFICATION, LOCATION, AND CONTROL OF AIRCRAFT ARE REQUIRED IN THE INTERESTS OF NATIONAL SECURITY. SPECIFICALLY, THE DC ADIZ IS THAT AIRSPACE, FROM THE SURFACE TO BUT NOT INCLUDING FL180, WITHIN A 30-MILE RADIUS OF 385134N/0770211W OR THE DCA VOR/DME. B. THE WASHINGTON, D.C. METROPOLITAN AREA FLIGHT RESTRICTED ZONE (DC FRZ) IS DEFINED AS AN AREA BOUNDED BY A LINE BEGINNING AT THE WASHINGTON /DCA/ VOR/DME 311 DEGREE RADIAL AT 15NM 385931N/0771830W, THENCE CLOCKWISE ALONG THE DCA 15NM ARC TO THE DCA 002 DEGREE RADIAL AT 15NM 390628N/0770432W, THENCE SOUTHEAST VIA A LINE DRAWN TO THE DCA 049 DEGREE RADIAL AT 14NM 390218N/0765038W, THENCE SOUTH VIA A LINE DRAWN TO THE DCA 064 DEGREE RADIAL AT 13NM 385901N/0764832W, THENCE CLOCKWISE ALONG THE 13NM ARC TO THE DCA 276 DEGREE RADIAL AT 13NM 385053N/0771848W, THENCE NORTH TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, EXCLUDING THE AIRSPACE WITHIN A 1NM RADIUS OF FREEWAY AIRPORT /W00/ MITCHELLVILLE, MD, FROM THE SURFACE UP TO BUT NOT INCLUDING FL180. THE DC FRZ IS WITHIN AND PART OF THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA ADIZ. C. THE FOLLOWING FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS/SPECIAL SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS END PART 2 OF 6

FDC 8/4901 ZDC PART 3 OF 6 FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS WASHINGTON, DC, ARE IN EFFECT. EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED BELOW, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS WITHIN THE DC ADIZ ARE PROHIBITED. 1) ONLY AUTHORIZED DOD, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND AIR AMBULANCE OPERATIONS ARE PERMITTED WITHIN THE DC ADIZ WITH PRIOR COORDINATION AND APPROVAL FROM THE AIR SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER (ASOC) AT 866-598-9524. 2) GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT ON AN ACTIVE IFR FLIGHT PLAN ARRIVING/DEPARTING DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KIAD), BALTIMORE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KBWI) AND MANASSAS REGIONAL AIRPORT (KHEF) ARE AUTHORIZED. 3) ONLY AUTHORIZED CFR PART 121 AND PART 129 REGULARLY SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AND PART 135 ALL-CARGO CARRIERS OPERATING UNDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION APPROVED STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAMS/PROCEDURES: AIRCRAFT OPERATOR STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM (AOSSP), FULL ALL-CARGO AIRCRAFT OPERATOR STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM (FACAOSSP), DOMESTIC SECURITY INTEGRATION PROGRAM (DSIP), TWELVE FIVE STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM (TFSSP) ALL CARGO, OR ALL-CARGO INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PROCEDURES (ACISP) AND DOS FOREIGN AIRCRAFT ISSUED A DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE ARE AUTHORIZED TO OPERATE IN THE ADIZ. END PART 3 OF 6

FDC 8/4901 ZDC PART 4 OF 6 FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS WASHINGTON, DC, 4) GENERAL AVIATION IFR/VFR TRANSIT FLIGHTS THROUGH THE DC ADIZ ARE NOT AUTHORIZED. 5) THE PROVISIONS OF FDC NOTAM 8/9459, VFR TRAFFIC PATTERN OPERATIONS AT CERTAIN AIRPORTS AND EGRESS PROCEDURES FOR THE FOLLOWING AIRPORTS: A. BARNES (MD47) B. FLYING M FARMS (MD77) C. MOUNTAIN ROAD (MD43) D. ROBINSON (MD14) E. SKYVIEW (51VA) F. VINT HILL FARMS STATION (04VA), ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DURING THE TIME OF THIS NOTAM. 6) THE PROVISIONS OF FDC NOTAM 8/9460, INGRESS/EGRESS PROCEDURES FOR LEESBURG (KJYO) ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DURING THE TIME OF THIS NOTAM. D. THE FOLLOWING FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS/SPECIAL SECURITY INSTRUCTIONS ARE IN EFFECT. EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED BELOW, ALL FLIGHT OPERATIONS WITHIN THE DC FRZ ARE PROHIBITED. 1) ONLY AUTHORIZED DOD, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND AIR AMBULANCE OPERATIONS ARE PERMITTED WITHIN THE DC FRZ WITH PRIOR COORDINATION END PART 4 OF 6

FDC 8/4901 ZDC PART 5 OF 6 FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS WASHINGTON, DC, AND APPROVAL FROM THE AIR SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER (ASOC) AT 866-598-9524. 2) ALL AIRCRAFT MUST COORDINATE WITH AND RECEIVE APPROVAL FROM THE AIR SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER (ASOC) AT 866-598-9524 PRIOR TO ARRIVING AND/OR DEPARTING FROM ANDREWS AFB (KADW) OR DAVISON ARMY AIRFIELD (KDAA). A PPR DOES NOT AUTHORIZE ENTRY INTO THE FRZ. 3) ONLY AUTHORIZED CFR PART 121 AND PART 129 REGULARLY SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL PASSENGER CARRIERS OPERATING INTO AND OUT OF WASHINGTON REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT (DCA) UNDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION APPROVED STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAMS/PROCEDURES: AIRCRAFT OPERATOR STANDARD SECURITY PROGRAM (AOSSP), DOMESTIC SECURITY INTEGRATION PROGRAM (DSIP) ARE AUTHORIZED TO OPERATE IN THE DC FRZ. 4) FOREIGN AIRCRAFT ISSUED A DEPARTMENT OF STATE DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE ARE AUTHORIZED TO OPERATE INTO AND OUT OF ANDREWS AFB (KADW) ONLY. 5) THE PROVISIONS OF FDC NOTAM 8/9461, PERTAINING TO THE MARYLAND 3 AIRPORTS KNOWN AS WASHINGTON EXECUTIVE AIRPORT/HYDE FIELD (KW32), POTOMAC AIRFIELD (KVKX) AND COLLEGE PARK AIRPORT (KCGS), ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DURING THE TIME OF THIS NOTAM. E. FOR OPERATIONS WITHIN THE ADIZ/FRZ ALL AIRCRAFT MUST BE ON AN END PART 5 OF 6

FDC 8/4901 ZDC PART 6 OF 6 FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS WASHINGTON, DC, ACTIVE IFR FLIGHT PLAN WITH A DISCRETE CODE ASSIGNED BY AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) FACILITY. AIRCRAFT MUST BE SQUAWKING THE DISCRETE CODE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE AND AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN THE TFR AND MUST REMAIN IN TWO-WAY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS WITH ATC. F. THE FOLLOWING OPERATIONS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED WITHIN THIS TFR: FLIGHT TRAINING, PRACTICE INSTRUMENT APPROACHES, AEROBATIC FLIGHT, GLIDER OPERATIONS, PARACHUTE OPERATIONS, ULTRALIGHT, HANG GLIDING, BALLOON/MOORED BALOON OPERATIONS, AGRICULTURE/CROP DUSTING, ANIMAL POPULATION CONTROL FLIGHT OPERATIONS, BANNER TOWING OPERATIONS, MODEL AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS, MODEL ROCKETRY, AND UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (UAS). G. ALL WAIVERS TO FDC NOTAM 8/9459 (ADIZ) AND 8/9461 (FRZ) ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DURING THE TIME OF THIS NOTAM EXCEPT FOR WAIVERS BEGINNING WITH ELO, GOV AND SPO. H. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION /FAA/ SYSTEM OPERATIONS SECURITY, PHONE 866-598-9522, IS THE COORDINATION FACILITY. I. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL AIRCRAFT OPERATORS CHECK NOTAMS FREQUENTLY FOR POSSIBLE REQUIRED CHANGES TO THIS TFR PRIOR TO OPERATIONS WITHIN THIS REGION. END PART 6 OF 6

The NOTAMs discussed in this advisory may change with little or no notice. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area. Pilots are strongly advised to contact a Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF (1-800-992-7433) prior to flight to check for all current NOTAMS

Aircraft Parking Issues

As stated above, there will be a increase in traffic into the DC metro area airports. It is possible that IAD alone may see between 400 and 600 general aviation aircraft.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has closed the fourth runway at Dulles in order to provide the FBOs with approximately 200 additional aircraft parking spaces that were not available during the last inauguration in 2005.  Also, because this runway did not exist in 2005, the FAA expects its closure to have minimal impact on the airport’s capacity. 

Both FBOs have substantial ramp space available for managing drop-and-go flights and have brought in extra staff and equipment in order to expedite service for aircraft utilizing IAD.  Reservations are strongly suggested for RONs and prior notification is suggested for crews planning to drop-and-go, even if they are unsure of their exact arrival times.

Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) has been made available for IFR traffic during the hours of the TFR. This will allow for an additional off-loading of traffic from IAD.

Again, NBAA strongly recommends that aircraft operators, who are planning to go to the inauguration, contact their FBO of choice to advise them of their arrival, to ensure that parking is available, and to receive advance instructions on where they can expect to park. Making reservations with an FBO will help to expedite both arrivals and departures. It will also be very important for operators to advise FBOs as to whether they will be “dropping and going” or remaining overnight.

NOTE: Operators will not be allowed to drop passengers at either of the IAD FBOs and then taxi to their parking spots. All operators who are not immediately departing after dropping their passengers can expect both crew and passengers to be shuttled from their parking spots to the FBOs.