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(Last updated: March 10, 2013)
The R4N contest area contains a number of airspace restrictions that will require the competitor to be constantly aware of his location with respect to FAA controlled airspace. In addition, the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Center (W73) is just over eight miles from the center of prohibited airspace P-40 at Camp David, normally a 3nm radius. When the President is in residence, a 10nm Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is placed around P-40. M-ASA has an FAA waiver to fly when the TFR is "hot" requiring specific procedures and communications to be followed with four Federal agencies and one Military agency. M-ASA has successfuly flown during TFRs since 2003, even during R4N contests. Therefore it's important to our soaring club that our record and relationship with the authorities be maintained. Please read the P-40 TFR information on this web site for further details and pilot requirements.
The contest area is constrained by the following FAA airspace. The wise pilot will understand their locations and dimensions.
P-40 Prohibited area (3nm radius)
P-40 TFR when NOTAM'd (10nm radius)
R-4009 Restricted area (3nm, overlies P-40)
Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Class B airspace
Washington DC Metropolitan SFRA and FRZ
Hagerstown Class D airspace
Martinsburg Class D airspace
Harrisburg TRSA and Class D airspace
University Park Class D airspace - New!
Frederick Municipal Airport Class D airspace - New!
R-5803 and R-5801 restricted airspace near the Letterkenney Army Depot
Class A airspace
The official set of Region 4 North Contest airspace files are located at John Liebacher's World Wide Soaring Turnpoint Exchange web site at one of the following locations. The latest release is dated March 4, 1012 and includes the modification to the Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), formerly known as the Washington DC ADIZ, and the two new Class D airspaces in the contest area noted above.
Please read the warnings and caveats that accompany these data files.