How do I file an SFRA VFR flight plan inside the DC SFRA?

The DC SFRA flight plan is one type of flight plan that you will need to file to be able to fly inside the Washington DC Special Flight Restricted Area. You are only able to fly into the DC FRZ airspace if you call Flight Service AND have preauthorization with a verified pin number that allows you access to that airspace. You cannot use ForeFlight to file flights into the FRZ.

You can file a DC SFRA VFR flight plan using either an ICAO format flight plan or an FAA/Domestic flight plan (military only). Below are explanations for filing with either type of flight plan.

ICAO FLIGHT PLANS

A. How to file a VFR SFRA ICAO flight plan from the Flights page:

1. Tap Flight Rules > VFR (DC SFRA)

2. Set the departure or destination field for the arrival or departure gate you will be using. 

4. After entering the details of your flight, tap "Proceed to File" in the bottom right to copy the flight information into the filing form.

6. Review all the information in the form to confirm it is accurate and set any of the other fields as would be normally required.

7. Tap the FILE button to submit the SFRA flight plan.

 

B. How to file a VFR SFRA ICAO flight plan from the Maps page:

1. Open the Route Editor on the Maps view.

2. Set the departure or destination for the arrival or departure gate you will be using.

3. Enter your route of flight.

4. Set your VFR altitude.

5. Use the SEND TO button to send the flight plan to the Flights view.

6. On the Flights view, tap Flight Rules > VFR (DC SFRA)

7. Review the flight information to confirm it is correct, tap "Proceed to File" in the bottom right to copy the flight information into the filing form.

8. Review all the information in the form to confirm it is accurate and set any of the other fields as would be normally required.

9. Tap the FILE button to submit the SFRA flight plan.

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Image 1. Example of an ICAO VFR DC SFRA flight plan at 4500 feet from KANP to the WOOLY gate using the waypoint CUTOP in the route.

FAA/DOMESTIC FLIGHT PLANS (MILITARY ONLY)

A. How to file a VFR SFRA FAA/Domestic flight plan from the Flights view:

1. Tap Flight Rules > VFR (DC SFRA) 

2. Set the departure or destination field for the arrival or departure gate you will be using.

3. After entering the details of your flight, tap "Proceed to File" in the bottom right to copy the flight information into the filing form. 

4. Tap Form Type > FAA/Domestic > Confirm

5. If you wish to perform non-towered airport pattern work within the SFRA, on the REMARKS line, put the following:+ REQ PTTN

6. Review all the information in the form to confirm it is accurate and set any of the other fields as would be normally required.

7. Tap the FILE button to submit the SFRA flight plan.

 

B. How to file a VFR SFRA FAA/Domestic flight plan from the Maps page:

1. Open the Route Editor on the Maps view.

2. Set the departure or destination for the arrival or departure gate you will be using.

3. Enter your route of flight.

4. Set your VFR altitude.

5. Use the SEND TO button to send the flight plan to the Flights view.

6. On the Flights view, tap Flight Rules > VFR (DC SFRA)

7. Review the flight information to confirm it is correct, then tap "Proceed to File" in the bottom right to copy the flight information into the filing form.

 

8. Tap Form Type > FAA/Domestic > Confirm

9. If you wish to perform non-towered airport pattern work within the SFRA, on the REMARKS line, put the following:+ REQ PTTN

10. Review all the information in the form to confirm it is accurate and set any of the other fields as would be normally required.

11. Tap the FILE button to submit the SFRA flight plan.

 

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Image 2. Example of a VFR DC SFRA flight plan showing "FAA/Domestic" in the Form Type field.

 

Note:

1. Before filing an SFRA flight plan, or flying into or out of the SFRA, be sure to complete, review, and understand the material that the FAA has provided in the mandatory FAA SFRA Training Course.  Please view the handy Kneeboard Checklist published by the FAA for helpful information on the DC SFRA.

2. When using an airport ICAO ID as a route element inside the DC SFRA airspace, you must put "DCT" before or after the airport ICAO ID.  Ex, "KANP DCT KFME DCT KGAI"