How do I file a VFR ICAO flight plan to enter and exit the DC SFRA?

To file a VFR SFRA flight plan with the ICAO format, here are some tips on what you need to do.

If you start from the Route Editor on the Maps page:

1. Enter the flight route at your desired VFR altitude.

2. Use the "Send To" button to send the flight plan to the File & Brief page.

3. On the File & Brief page, change the "Flight Rules" 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.  Add "SFRA" to the "Remarks" field.

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

6. Set any of the other fields as would normally be required. After getting your briefing, tap the "File" button to submit the SFRA flight plan.

If you start out on the File & Brief page:

1.  Select VFR and set the VFR altitude in feet in the altitude field.

2.  Change the "Flight Rules" 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.

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

4. Add "SFRA" to the Remarks field

5. Set any of the other fields as normally required. After getting your briefing, tap "file" to submit the SFRA flight plan.

 

Example

Here is an example of a VFR SFRA arrival flight from KHEF using the FLUKY gate at 4500 feet.

1.  Go to the the File & Brief page.

2.  Set the VFR altitude of 4500 feet in the "Altitude" field.

3.  Change the "Flight Rules" to IFR, even though it is a VFR flight. 

4.  Set your Departure airport to KHEF.

5.  Set the destination airport to FLUKY. 

6.  Add SFRA to the Remarks field

7. Set any of the other fields as normally required. After getting your briefing, tap file to submit the SFRA flightplan.