Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration: Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area
GAO-09-298R: Jan 8, 2009
- Full Report:
GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new rule on Washington, DC Metropolitan area special flight rules area. GAO found that (1) the final rule codifies special flight rules and airspace and flight restrictions for certain aircraft operations in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area; establishes and defines the DC Special Flight Rules Area, and the dimensions, procedures, and required equipment for operating within that area; provides for traffic pattern operations at towered and non-towered airports within the DC Special Flight Rules Area; and provides relief from certain procedures for airports located near the boundary of the area; and (2) with the exception of the delay in the effective date, FAA complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.