Bizav Operators Need To Make Inauguration Plans Now
NBAA is urging operators planning to be in the Washington, D.C. metro area during President-elect Obama’s inauguration next month to subscribe to NBAA Airspace Alerts for the latest information. According to the association, there will be one or more TFRs issued that will restrict general aviation aircraft operations in the D.C. area. NBAA expects tactical traffic management initiatives that will likely entail the use of ground stops or ground delay programs at Dulles International (IAD) and/or Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), and potentially other area airports. The Washington air defense identification zone will constitute the outer ring of the primary TFR, and the D.C. flight restriction zone will constitute the inner ring, meaning there will be no access to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA), even under the DCA Access Standard Security Program. Only IFR traffic will be allowed into IAD and BWI; Manassas Regional Airport is being considered for IFR traffic as well. NBAA expects parking challenges at airports surrounding the metro area and is encouraging operators to contact their FBO of choice ahead of time to determine if parking is available.