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SPECIAL PROGRAMS

DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) Course
[Formerly known as DC Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) Course]

Navigating the Washington DC SFRA can be challenging and if not done properly can cost pilot’s their license. Since the establishment of the DC ADIZ in 2003, there have been more than 1,900 violations, resulting in the suspension and revocation of several pilot licenses and resulting in the death of at least two pilots. This course will consist first of a homework assignment of taking the online FAA safety course for the DC ADIZ/SFRA. The course runs for two days - 2 hours of ground school and 5 hours of flight each day. On the first day the student will:

  1. Receive ground instruction on the regulations and navigation within the SFRA.
  2. Depart an SFRA airport (without an RCO) and fly to another SFRA airport.
  3. Depart an SFRA airport (with an RCO) and fly to a towered SFRA airport.
  4. Depart an SFRA airport and exit the SFRA.
  5. Enter the SFRA and land enter the Leesburg Exclusion Area.
  6. Depart Leesburg (JYO) and exit the SFRA.
  7. Enter the SFRA and land at a fringe airport.
  8. Depart a fringe airport and exit the SFRA.
  9. Traverse the SFRA without landing inside.
  10. Enter the SFRA and land at a non-towered airport.
  11. Depart an SFRA airport, utilize a "practice area", and return to the SFRA airport.
  12. Perform flights below RADAR coverage in the SFRA.
  13. Fly within Class B airspace on the edge of the SFRA.
  14. Perform a "traffic pattern" flight in the SFRA at a non-towered airport.
  15. Fly to an airport in the DC Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ).
  16. Depart an airport in the DC FRZ.

On the second day, the student will be tested on all the skills (both ground and flight) that they learned on the day prior.


High Density Altitude Course

This course is targeted towards students who already hold a private pilot certificate. It will consist of a single day of training wherein the student and an instructor fly to WV62 (surface elevation 3,210 MSL) and shoot at least 10 pinnacle landings on a mountain ridge (surface elevation approx. 4,000 MSL). The course will include lunch at WV62. If you are interested in ferrying a helicopter from the Robinson factory, you are required to have logged at least 10 landings at density altitude above 5,000 ft. in make/model to be ferried. This course will complete this requirement. This course will be approximately 6 flight hours.


Professional Pilot Program

This course is targeted towards high school students and young adults looking to make a career out of flying helicopters. It will include 200 flight hours and get the student his/her private pilot license, instrument rating, commercial pilot license, CFI, and CFII. Students will be expected to fly at least 5 days/week and at least 3 hours/day with at least 2 hours of self-study time at home.


R22 Transition Course

This course is targeted towards private and commercial pilots who have done completed any training in Robinson helicopters (military pilots, Schweitzer pilots, Enstrom pilots). It will consist of all of the private or commercial maneuvers in the PTS. At the end of the course, the student will receive an SFAR 73 endorsement to act as PIC in the R22. The course will be approximately 10 flight hours. If the student is a CFI or CFI candidate, he can elect for a 49 flight hour course which will allow him/her to be eligible for the SFAR 73 CFI endorsement. The student will then be referred to a DPE who can give him/her the endorsement.


R44 Transition Course

This course is targeted towards private and commercial pilots who have completed all of their training in the R22. It will consist of all of the private or commercial maneuvers in the PTS. At the end of the course, the student will receive an SFAR 73 endorsement to act as PIC in the R44. The course will be approximately 5 flight hours. If the student is a CFI or CFI candidate, he/she can elect for a 25 flight hour course which will allow him/her to be eligible for the SFAR 73 CFI endorsement. The student will then be referred to a DPE who can give him/her the endorsement.