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Poplar Ford Park: Model Airplane Flying Area

Poplar Ford Park
6704 Bull Run Post Office Road
Chantilly, VA

Model Aircraft Now Prohibited Due to Security Concerns

The Park Authority was recently notified of new prohibitions imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration and use of model airplanes on Park Authority property is now prohibited.   On September 2, 2015, the FAA issued an Advisory Circular that appears to, at least temporarily, prohibit the use of model aircraft throughout Fairfax County.  The specific language that addresses model aircraft operations in the area of Poplar Ford Park reads :

"Model aircraft must not operate in Prohibited Areas, Special Flight Rule Areas or, the Washington National Capital Region Flight Restricted Zone, without specific authorization."

Previously, the operation of model aircraft was only restricted within the Washington National Capital Region Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ), which encompasses only the eastern portion of Fairfax County.  The Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) surrounding the FRZ encompasses all of Fairfax County, reaching as far west as Leesburg and nearly to Stafford to the south. 

It is our understanding that this issue will be revisited by the FAA next year and we intend to monitor that decision making process at the time. 

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