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ALC-55: Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA)
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NOTICE: Effective June 15, 2014, this course no longer fulfills the regulatory requirement for special awareness training on the Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) for pilots flying under VFR within 60 nm of the DCA VOR/DME. The current on-line course that meets the special awareness training requirements on the Washing DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) is ALC-405: DC Special Flight Rules Area Revised 06-05-2014

Security-related procedures and requirements are a fact of life for today’s pilots, especially those who operate in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area (DC SFRA) and the DC Flight Restricted Zone (DC FRZ).
Most of what you already know about operating in the DC ADIZ and DC FRZ applies to the DC SFRA.  If you completed an earlier version of this course, you do not need to take it again.  Even so, it is a good idea to review this material periodically to refresh your understanding.  In addition, always check Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) before every flight for possible changes. 


When you complete this course, you will be able to define and explain: 

  • Definition and location of the DC SFRA
    • Standard operating requirements for VFR and IFR flights in the DC SFRA
  • Special procedures for the Leesburg Maneuvering Area
  • Fringe airport operating requirements and procedures
  • Traffic pattern procedures for towered and non-towered airports 
  • Definition and location of the DC FRZ
    • Standard operating requirements for VFR and IFR flights in the DC FRZ
  • Requirements and procedures for the “Maryland 3” airports
  • Requirements and procedures for transiting the DC SFRA
  • Procedures for abnormal / emergency situations
  • Special instructions  


This course uses the Flash, which you will open in the next chapter.  It will take approximately 40 - 45 minutes to go through this material.

When you complete the Flash portion of the course, you will find pages with helpful links, high-resolution graphics, and reference materials such as kneeboard guides that you can take with you when you fly. 

At the end of the course is a review.   Following the review is a short multiple choice exam, which you will need to take in a single session. Note: If you have difficulty reaching the Review and/or Exam sections after viewing the course, please go to your account on, log in, go to your Courses In Progress page (located under the Courses link under the Activities, Courses & Seminars tab), and click on Continue. If the Review and/or Exam buttons are "grayed out", be sure each of the previous chapter buttons are completed by clicking on each in turn. This will activate the Review button, which when clicked, will activate the Exam button.

This course was last updated 11-29-2011.

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