Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015
The planned 2016 State of the Union Address in Washington, DC is scheduled for January 12, 2016 between the hours of 2000 to 2300 local time. At the request of the Department of Homeland Security and as part of the airspace security measures for the event, the FAA will be modifying the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) with additional flight restrictions.
Pursuant to 49 USC 40103(B), The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) classifies the
airspace defined in these NOTAMs as “National Defense Airspace”. Any person who
knowingly or willfully violates the rules concerning operations in this airspace may be
subject to certain criminal penalties under 49 USC 46307. Pilots who do not adhere to the
following procedures may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by Law
Any of the following additional actions may also be taken against a pilot who does not comply with the requirements or any special instructions or procedures announced in this NOTAM:
A. The FAA may take administrative action, including imposing civil penalties and
the suspension or revocation of airmen certificates; or
B. The United States government may pursue criminal charges, including charges
under Title 49 of the United States Code, Section 46307; or
C. The United States government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft, if
it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat.