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Washington, DC

The airspace around Washington, D.C. is more restricted than in any other part of the country. Violators face stiff fines and criminal penalties. DC is governed by a Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) within a 30-mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which restricts all flights in the greater D.C. area.

The SFRA is divided into a 15-mile radius "inner ring" and a 30-mile radius "outer ring."

  • It is prohibited to fly a drone within the 15-mile radius inner ring without specific FAA authorization.
  • Flying a drone for recreational or non-recreational use between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. is allowed under these operating conditions:
    • Aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (including any attachments such as a camera).
    • Aircraft must be registered and marked (if it is not operated exclusively under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, pending NOTAM change).
    • Fly below 400 ft.
    • Fly within visual line-of-sight.
    • Fly in clear weather conditions.
    • Never fly near other aircraft.

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