Check to see if your photo site is located within the SFRA or FRZ zones.
The FAA has defined restricted airspace over the Washington, DC metropolitan area for many years. It first established the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on February 10, 2003. As of February 17, 2009 this area has been redefined as two zones, the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and the 15NM Flight Restricted Zone (15NM FRZ). Within the 15NM FRZ there is an even more restrictive 7NM FRZ. As of June, 2014 an area known as the Leesburg Maneuvering Area (LMA) was carved out of the SFRA to provide access to the Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) without the need to fulfill SFRA requirements. These areas are detailed on the map displayed.
Access to the SFRA is relatively straightforward, the key requirement is a detailed flight plan on file with ATC before departure. Access to an area within the 15NM FRZ requires a waiver for that specific flight from the TSA and access to areas within the 7NM FRZ requires a more rigorous vetting process to obtain a waiver for flight operations.
NOTE: Waiver review and approval usually takes 7-10 business days. Please plan accordingly.
You can enter an address to see where your target area is located. If you don’t know the exact address, or the address you enter can’t be found, you can pan and zoom in on the map to find your target location. Once you have found your desired location you have the option of dragging the orange "human figure" icon, located above the zoom control at the lower right corner of the map, to see a street view so you can visually confirm the location.
(TIP: You usually can just enter the street number and name. If this doesn’t work you can add the abbreviated State name after the street name. If this still doesn’t work, add the City and State after the street name.)