Can Planes Fly Over Washington Dc

Ellen Grant
• Friday, 06 November, 2020
• 9 min read

© Provided by NBC Washington D.C. World War II aircraft are set to flyover the D.C. area on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The flights are set to begin over the Lincoln Memorial, go north to south down the Potomac River then east along Independence Avenue and over the National Mall.

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© Jacquelyn Martin/AP World War II aircraft flyover the World War II Memorial in Washington, Friday, May 8, 2015, in honor of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), during the “Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover.” Beginning at about 11:30 a.m., planes with the Arsenal of Democracy will flyover the National Mall in two-minute intervals. Participating aircraft will be held about 10 miles west of Leesburg, before they begin their flight down the Potomac River toward D.C.

If you are in violation of these rules, you will be intercepted by military aircraft and escorted to the nearest airport. The DC FRS extends approximately 13–15 nautical miles) around Reagan National Airport.

Three general aviation airports are in that zone, and only aircraft based there are permitted to land there (and the Secret Service will run a background check on you before you can base your plane there), and those flights must originate from designated airports outside the zone. The net result is that the only planes allowed within 15 miles of the White House are scheduled airline flights to Reagan, and a handful of carefully screened flights to airports in that zone.

Source(s): Realistic Airplane Flight Simulator : http://flightsimulator.siopu.com/?gtC When departing Reagan National Airport toward the North, we actually have to make a left turn and stay inside the Potomac River's Eastern bank.

If you cross over the bank, you will see lasers that warn you, and probably get in a lot of trouble. It's controlled airspace all around Washington, like most big cities and airports, and a specific exclusion zone applies around important places like the White House.

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If you fly into that airspace without a flight plan and VERY specific permission the air force WILL scramble jets to intercept you, and they will have authorization to shoot you down if your don't follow instructions. If a plane flies in prohibited airspace, then they will likely be escorted by fighters, and asked to call a number.

The flights were set to begin over the Lincoln Memorial, go north to south down the Potomac River then east along Independence Avenue and over the National Mall. Download our NBC Washington app for iOS or Android to get alerts for local breaking news and weather.

A pilot who violates the boundaries may be intercepted by military aircraft and escorted to the nearest airport. The CADIZ (now known by its components, the Flight Restricted Zone and Special Flight Rules Area) was created by the FAA in response to demands by a working group that became formalized as the National Capital Region Coordination Center.

The U.S. Congress has never legitimized these restrictions, and any consideration of opposing the Executive Branch's actions became politically unpalatable in the wake of two mishaps that led to the evacuation of the Capitol. One involved a plane carrying Ernie Fletcher, the Governor of Kentucky, which led to an evacuation in 2004.

The other, almost a year later, involved a Cessna 150 flown by a student pilot accompanied by a pilot who was not familiar with the CADIZ rules, using an outdated chart. The old official entry and exit reference points for the CADIZ.

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The DC FRS extends approximately 13–15 NMI (15–17 mi; 24–28 km) around the DCA VOR/DME. Pilots' groups, led by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (APA), have argued that the CADIZ is unnecessary and has a harmful effect on the economy of small airports and aviation-related businesses in and near the CADIZ.

In 2006, the FAA issued a Notice of Proposed Rule making (NORM) docket number 17005 concerning making the temporary rules permanent. Over 20,000 responses were received, the vast majority of them in opposition to making the temporary rules permanent.

There were two public hearings held by the FAA in the Washington D.C. area on the NORM. The FAA published transcripts of the public hearings.

The transcripts were later withdrawn from the public as they were alleged to contain Sensitive Security Information, but were returned following review. On August 30, 2007, the FAA implemented new rules for air traffic controllers and issued revised Notes for pilots flying in the CADIZ.

Although the Notes and FAA procedures state that no radar services will be provided to pilots unless requested, air traffic controllers at Potomac TRACK are providing such services. This is due to a memorandum from the Potomac TRACK Air Traffic Manager to air traffic controllers stating that a certain paragraph (2-1-2) of the Air Traffic Control handbook (7110.65) is still applicable when providing ATC Security Services.

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Effective February 9, 2009, any pilots flying VFR within 60 nautical miles (110 km) radius centered on the CADIZ are required to complete training about the CADIZ. Pilots may also complete the required training by attending a seminar offered at a Flight Standards District Office.

Pilots must obtain a certificate which proves that the training has been completed. This certificate is not required to be carried with the pilot, but must be produced when requested from law enforcement or other agencies.

Pilots flying IFR are not subject to this requirement. In February 2012, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required a joint plan to be submitted in 180 days by the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, in consultation with the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Defense.

The plan shall outline specific changes to the D.C. Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area that will decrease operational impacts and improve general aviation access to airports in the National Capital Region that are currently impacted by the zone. In June 2014, Leesburg airport traffic was granted authority to perform local traffic pattern practice without a SARA plan filed while operating under tower control without departing the pattern.

The bright laser beams, which flash red-red-green, are easily seen, even during daylight. Other pilots are unlikely to see the lasers because, when activated, the directional beams are pointed at the aircraft that has crossed into restricted airspace.

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“FAA Proposes Making D.C. CADIZ Permanent” (Regulatory Review). ^ “FAA makes special D.C. flight rules permanent”.

^ “Pilot's license plate makes statement against D.C. airspace”. ^ a b “FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012” (PDF).

DC's special flight rules Do pilots rate it “Most Feared “. ^ “Lasers to warn pilots in restricted D.C. airspace”.

George Washington's Home // Mount Vernon, Virginia Restriction: Surface to 1500 feet above Mean Sea Level. The wooden mansion, built for George Washington between 1758 and 1778, has endured much wear over the years, and in an effort to prevent further damage caused by vibrations from overhead aircraft, a no- fly zone was established around the airspace above the National Historic Landmark.

Walt Disney World // Orlando, Florida and Disneyland // Anaheim, California Restriction: 3000 feet above ground level. Restrictions on airspace are sometimes made on a temporary basis, usually at places where a great many people congregate (like the Super Bowl).

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And perhaps no place attracts larger crowds with more frequency than Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. The restriction remains in place to this day, and has faced legal challenges from a Christian group, the Family Policy Network.

The group has argued on free speech grounds for the right to use the airspace to two banners behind small planes in opposition to Disney’s unofficial but popular annual “Gay Days.” The Bush family compound is located on a peninsula known as Walker’s Point in the scenic southern Maine town of Kennebunkport.

Over the years many important people have been through its doors, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher, and it has been the scene of numerous Bush family weddings. The facility dismantles excess nukes, keeps tabs on our existing ones, and maintains cold-war era missiles that are still knocking around after all these years, and therefore there is a ten-mile no- fly zone around it.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security together established concentric no- fly areas around Washington D.C. The outer ring of this boundary, known as the Air Defense Identification Zone (CADIZ) requires any aircraft entering the space to identify themselves.

In 2005, the pilot of a Cessna 150 aircraft was just five miles from the White House before it was greeted by the sight of an F-16 fighter jet dropping flares in its field of vision to send a signal it had wandered into unfriendly skies. Countless photographs of U.S. presidents in windbreakers have been taken at Naval Support Facility Thurmont, better known as Camp David, a presidential retreat and meeting place going back to Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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The compound has frequently played host to presidents’ families and visiting dignitaries, and numerous high-profile pacts have been struck at the retreat over the years, including the Camp David Accords, a peace deal between Egypt and Israel brokered in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. Due to the high-profile nature of the visitors and activities at Camp David, the airspace above the private compound has a three-mile no- fly zone around it.

Kennedy Space Center // Merritt Island, Florida Restriction: surface to 5000 feet above Mean Sea Level, adjustable to unlimited with notice. Merritt Island houses NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The Air Force says it uses the area to test new military technology, and declassified documents from 2013 revealed that the U-2 Spy Plane Program in the 1950s and '60s was worked on at the base. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness // Northern Minnesota Restriction: Surface to 4000 feet.

The area’s nearly 1200 lakes, dramatic views of glacier-carved canyons, and untrammeled natural beauty make it a paradise for outdoor adventurers. Another bit of restricted airspace we can safely file in the “no duh” category is the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.

Despite the heavy artillery housed here and a strict no- fly zone, over the last decade pilots have violated its airspace eight times and there have been four crashes within the base’s borders.

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