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OUR PROCESS: Operating in the DC Flight Restricted Zone

The District of Columbia is home to many of the nation's most secure and sensitive offices and organizations. Since September 11, 2001, a flight security zone roughly 35 miles wide has been set in place over the entire DC area, centered on Reagan National Airport. Within this zone, flight operations are highly restricted, favoring regular airline transport flights and emergency services, and requiring advanced identification and security coordination measures for virtually all other pilots.

 

Recreational and casual drone operations are prohibited within the Flight Restricted Zone. As of 2017, civil and public drone operations may take place in the FRZ with a security waiver approved and issued by the Transportation Security Administration, and coordinated through the National Capital Region Coordination Center. Further certificates are required if the flight is to take place inside areas of controlled airspace for the airports inside the FRZ.

Hover Solutions has successfully operated within the FRZ and inside the controlled airspace therein. We have a process that satisfies the security requirements, and we work with the coordination centers to get the products our clients need.

 

If you need an operation completed within the FRZ, please note that the current waiver process requires filing for the authorization 30 days in advance of the date we would fly. Please Contact Us to learn what materials you can provide us to allow us to quickly and successfully file for the waivers we need to realize your goals.

Hover Solutions' first operation in the Washington, DC Flight Restricted Zone took place in April 2018 in Springfield, Virginia inside Class D airspace for Davison AAF. It was to provide thermal imaging for roof health and energy inspections.

A map showing the rough location of Hover Solutions' first operation inside the Washington, DC FRZ.