FAA NOTAMs

< FDC - "Flight Data Center" (Issuing Facility) / NOTAM - "Notice to Airmen">
<TFR - "Temporary Flight Restriction" >
< 1 nautical mile (nm) = 1.15 statute mile (sm) >
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More Reading:

• The FAA TFR briefing guide explains the various types and uses of TFRs in the National Airspace System (NAS).
• Read how AMA Is Finding A Solution For Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) in the D.C. Area.
• Read Rich Hanson's In the Air article explaining the affect TFRs have on model aviation.
• Read our letter to the US Department of Homeland Security about the affects of TFRs on model aviation.
• Also all our archived files and articles.

Current TFRs:

Posted 1/27/16:

A FAA NOTAM/TFR has been issued for the Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas beginning at 5:30p EST on Thursday, 01/28, and continuing until 9:30p EST on Thursday, 01/28. The TFR is issued for security purposes to cover VIP movement in this area. Outdoor radio control model aircraft operations are prohibited within the 30nm circle for the specific times listed below. Control Line and Free Flight modelers should use discretion when operating within the TFR. Please note that TFRs are subject to change with very short notice. Check back often for the most current NOTAM/TFR information. Timely alerts are also available on the web or on your cell phone at: Twitter.com/amagov.

See the link to the TFR below for more detailed information regarding the restrictions:

Map View of the Affected Area

  • Area 1 (01/28, 5:30p – 01/28, 9:30p EST)
    (30nm radius from Latitude: 39º16'44"N, Longitude: 76º38'30"W)
  • Area 1 (01/28, 5:30p – 01/28, 9:30p EST)
    (9nm radius from Latitude: 39º16'44"N, Longitude: 76º38'30"W)     

TFR - 5/6884

Posted 2/17/09 (Indefinite) 

A NOTAM has been issued in regards to the Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA). In the interest of National Security the FAA has codified special flight rules and flight restrictions for certain aircraft operations in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. The new rules and the NOTAM went into effect on February 17, 2009 and were updated December 1, 2010. The rules and restrictions remain in effect until further notice. Outdoor model aircraft operations are prohibited within the inner portion of the SFRA known as the Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ). TFRs are subject to change with very short notice. Please check back often for the most current NOTAM/TFR information. Timely alerts are also available on the web or on your cell phone at: Twitter.com/amagov.

See the link to the NOTAM and the Map View of the Affected Area below for more detailed information regarding the restrictions:

  • FRZ - Approx, 15nm radius from Latitude: 38º51’34”N, Longitude: 077º02'11"W
    The DC FRZ is that airspace depicted beginning at Latitude: 38º59’31”N, Longitude: 077º18'30", thence clockwise along a 15nm arc from the DCA/VOR (Latitude: 38º51’34”N, Longitude: 077º02'11"W) to Latitude: 39º06’28”N, Longitude: 077º04'32"W, thence southeast via a line drawn to Latitude: 39º02’18”N, Longitude: 076º50'38"W, thence south via a line drawn to Latitude: 38º59’01”N, Longitude: 076º48'32"W, thence clockwise along a 13nm arc from the DCA/VOR to Latitude: 38º50’53”N, Longitude: 077º18'48", thence north to the point of beginning, excluding the airspace within a 1nm radius of Freeway Airport, Mitchellville, MD. The FRZ is within and part of the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA). 

NOTAM - Washington DC Metropolitan Special Flight Rules Area

NOTAM/TFR Updated 11/18/10 - 0/8326

Map View of the Special Flight Rules Area

View the TFR in Google Earth
(Open the KML file or download and open in Google Earth)

Posted 10/27/14 (Indefinite) 

A permanent nationwide NOTAM/TFR has been issued for the airspace surrounding major sporting events. Special security instructions; commencing one hour before the scheduled time of the event until one hour after the end of the event… All aircraft operations; including parachute jumping, unmanned aircraft and remote controlled aircraft, are prohibited within a 3 nm radius from the surface up to and including 3,000' above ground level of any stadium having a seating capacity of 30,000 or more people where either a regular or post season Major League Baseball, National Football League, or NCAA division one football game is occurring. This NOTAM also applies to NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Indy Car, and Champ series races excluding qualifying and pre-race events. Flights conducted for operational purposes of any event, stadium or venue and broadcast coverage for the broadcast rights holder are authorized with an approved airspace waiver. An FAA airspace waiver does not relieve operators from obtaining all other necessary authorizations and complying with all applicable federal aviation regulations. The restrictions described above do not apply to those aircraft authorized by and in contact with ATC for operational or safety of flight purposes, department of defense, law enforcement, and air ambulance flight operations. TFRs are subject to change with very short notice. Please check back often for the most current NOTAM/TFR information. Timely alerts are also available on the web or on your cell phone at: Twitter.com/amagov.

See the link to the NOTAM below for more detailed information regarding the restrictions:

TFR - 4/3621

Posted 10/27/14 (Indefinite) 

Permanent NOTAM/TFRs have been issued for the airspace surrounding the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks. Special security instructions; all aircraft flight operations, including unmanned and remote controlled aircraft, are prohibited within a 3 nm radius of Disneyland (Anaheim, CA) and Disney World (Orlando, FL) from the surface up to and including 3,000’ above ground level. The restrictions do not apply to those aircraft authorized by and in contact with ATC for operational or safety of flight purposes, Department of Defense, law enforcement, and air ambulance flight operations. Flights conducted for operational purposes of any Disneyland/Disney World event and venue are authorized with an approved waiver. An FAA airspace waiver does not relieve operators from obtaining all other necessary authorizations and complying with all applicable federal aviation regulations.TFRs are subject to change with very short notice. Please check back often for the most current NOTAM/TFR information. Timely alerts are also available on the web or on your cell phone at: Twitter.com/amagov.

See the links to the NOTAMs below for more detailed information regarding the restrictions:

Map View of the Affected Areas

View the Disney World TFR in Google Earth

View the Disneyland TFR in Google Earth
(Open the KML file or download and open in Google Earth)

  • Disney World (Indefinite)
    (3nm radius from Latitude: 28º24'45"N, Longitude: 81º34'20"W)
  • Disneyland (Indefinite)
    (3nm radius from Latitude: 33º48'05"N, Longitude: 117º55'17"W)

TFR - 4/3634

TFR - 4/3635

Posted 12/29/15  

AMA Finding A Solution For Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) in the D.C. Area

Recently, the FAA more than doubled the airspace around Washington, D.C., that it considers a ‘no drone zone.’ In 2009, the FAA expressly prohibited model aircraft operations in the D.C. Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ), shutting down three AMA-chartered clubs and eliminating all model aircraft activity in the nation’s capital. The FAA has now extended this restriction to the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) outside the FRZ where model aircraft have been flying without incident for years. Not only is D.C. restricted, but the FAA now contends that model aviation enthusiasts cannot fly in several Virginia and Maryland counties as well.

The FAA’s current action has caused an additional 14 AMA-charted clubs in the D.C. metro area to shut down operations, despite our organization’s 80-year history of responsible flying. Our members consistently abide by federal and local policies and for decades have followed AMA’s comprehensive set of safety and privacy guidelines, which are constantly evolving to accommodate new technologies and new modeling disciplines.

The FAA justifies its most recent action by stating that model aircraft are by definition aircraft and therefore subject to existing FAA rules. That assertion is currently the subject of pending litigation and Congress has made clear that the FAA should have a hands off approach to model aircraft. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 clearly prohibits the FAA from promulgating rules for model aircraft that are operating within the safety guidelines of a community-based organization such as AMA.

AMA understands that these restrictions are part of the security measures put in place to protect the U.S. Capitol and the Academy supports the government’s efforts to protect our national interests. However, model airplanes and model aircraft enthusiasts do not pose a threat to national security but rather assist in the counterterrorism effort by serving as a community of eyes and ears familiar with the operation of unmanned aircraft and watchful of aberrant behavior. In at least one case, a documented threat to the nation’s capital was thwarted as a result of suspicious UAS activity being reported by the aeromodeling community.

AMA is currently in talks with the FAA to find a solution that will allow our members to resume the enjoyment of their long-standing hobby in the impacted Virginia and Maryland counties. More broadly, AMA has been working closely with the FAA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) on the Know Before You Fly campaign to educate newcomers to model aviation and drone technology. Education, not more regulation, is the key to enhancing safety.


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