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Features December 2010 Issue

Tips for flying the SFRA

Tips for flying the SFRA

If you know the rules, you can exercise a bit of freedom inside the Washington, D.C., SFRA without danger of becoming a flight of two with a Coast Guard helicopter.

I vividly remember my first VFR flight into the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA, previously the D.C. ADIZ). Arriving into Leesburg, Va., I ducked under the Dulles Class B airspace and entered the downwind behind another aircraft. That’s when I heard the voice: “Watch your altitude.” I figured Potomac Approach somehow smelled fresh blood and would have a SWAT team greeting me on landing.

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