Operating in Manassas Airspace

Effective February 10, 2016 at 12:01AM, UAS operations will be permitted to operate in the outer ring of the SFRA, which is 15 to 30 miles from Washington DC. Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), which operates a Class D airspace, resides within this outer ring. Information regarding new operating procedures can be found through the revised NOTAM (Notice to Airmen).

If you are operating a model aircraft or UAS/Drone inside the HEF airspace/SFRA, the FAA has the following guidelines:

  • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep your UAS within sight
  • Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports
  • Never fly over groups of people
  • Never fly over stadiums or sports events
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts such as fires
  • Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Understand airspace restrictions and requirements
To determine if there are any restrictions or requirements at your location, please reference the B4UFLY app

Information regarding the DC SFRA or FRZ procedures should be directed to the FAA System Operations Security Representative at the National Capital Region Coordination Center (NCRCC) at 9-awa-ats-ncrcc@faa.gov9-awa-ats-ncrcc@faa.gov or by calling (866) 598-9522.

Fly for Work

If you are operating commercially under Part 107, you must request a FAA airspace authorization in order to operate in the Manassas airspace. 
Requests can be made by using the FAA's online form

Fly for Fun
Modelers or hobbyists must notify the airport AND air traffic control prior to operating within the Manassas airspace. Notification to the airport can be done by using AirMap or the online form. Manassas Air Traffic Control can be contacted by calling 703-361-1601.

Advisory Circular 91-57A Model Aircraft Operating Standards


Approach Surface and Airspace (5NM) - Manassas Regional Airport

HEF - Airspace and Approach - Thumb

FDC NOTAM 6/2069 UAS Operations within SFRA