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

The DC SFRA flight plan is one that you will need to file to be able to fly into the area inside of the DC SFRA. 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 can file an SFRA VFR flight plan using either an ICAO format flight plan or an FAA/Domestic flight plan.  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 File & Brief page:

1. Select VFR on the FLIGHT RULES line.

2. Set the VFR altitude in feet in the ALTITUDE field.

3. Go back to the FLIGHT RULES line and change the entry from VFR to IFR, even though it is a VFR flight. This causes the flight plan to be routed to Potomac Approach Control. If you leave this set to VFR, the flight plan will be rejected.

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

5. In the REMARKS field, add: SFRA

6. 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 page.

2. Enter your route of flight route

3. Set your VFR altitude.

4. Use the SEND TO button to send the flight plan to the File & Brief page.

5. On the File & Brief page, change the FLIGHT RULES line and change the entry from VFR to IFR, even though it is a VFR flight. This causes the flight plan to be routed to Potomac Approach Control. If you leave this set to VFR, the flight plan will be rejected.

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

6. In the REMARKS field, add: SFRA

7. Set any of the other fields as would be normally required.

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




Image 1. Example of an ICAO VFR SFRA flight plan at 4500 feet from KHEF using the FLUKY gate.

FAA/DOMESTIC FLIGHT PLANS

A. How to file a VFR SFRA FAA/Domestic flight plan from the File & Brief page:

1. Select VFR (DC SFRA) on the FLIGHT RULES line.

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

3. Set your ETE value to match when you expect to enter the SFRA (when inbound) or exit it (when outbound).

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

 

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

1. Open the Route Editor on the Maps page.

2. Enter your route of flight route

3. Set your VFR altitude.

4. Use the SEND TO button to send the flight plan to the File & Brief page.

5. Select VFR (DC SFRA) on the FLIGHT RULES line.

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

7. Set your ETE value to match when you expect to enter the SFRA (when inbound) or exit it (when outbound).

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

 

Image 2. Example of an FAA/Domestic VFR SFRA flight plan at 4500 feet from KHEF using the FLUKY gate.

 

Note: 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.