Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center


Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center

Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZDC) is located at 825 East Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia, United States 22075. The Washington ARTCC is one of 22 Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC) in the United States.

The primary responsibility of ZDC is the separation of overflights, and the expedited sequencing of arrivals and departures along STARs (Standard Terminal Arrival Routes) and SIDs (Standard Instrument Departures) for the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area, the New York Metropolitan Area, and Philadelphia among many other areas.

Washington Center is the 5th busiest Air Traffic Control Center in the United States. In 2004-2005, Washington Center was responsible for handling 4,884,000 flights [1] The Washington ARTCC currently covers 165,000 square miles of airspace that includes airports in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Basic Breakdown of Sectors

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ZDC is divided into 8 Areas numbered 1 through 8 that make up 46 sectors. They are mainly broken down into Low Altitude, High Altitude, and Super High Altitude sectors, with 23 low sectors, 14 high sectors, 5 super high sector and 4 various type sectors. The various types include 1 High-Low Altitude sector and 3 Intermediate Altitude sectors.

AREA 1

uper High Sectors

* 72 Shenandoah SHD 134.62/377.20

High Sectors

* 32 Gordonsville GVE 133.72/351.90
* 52 Tech TEC 133.57/270.35

Intermediate Sectors

* 60 Montebello MOL 121.67/284.70

Low Sectors

* 31 Azalea AZA 135.40/263.10

Area 2

High Sectors

* 36 Raleigh RDU 118.92/322.45

Low Sectors

* 26 Sampson SAM 135.30/285.50
* 27 Liberty LIB 135.20/348.65
* 28 Rocky Mount RMT 118.47/279.65

AREA 3

High Sectors

* 37 Marlinton MAR 133.02/319.00

Low Sectors

* 02 Casanova CSN 133.20/282.20
* 05 Linden LDN 120.65/319.10
* 22 South Boston SBV 124.05/352.00
* 29 Hot Springs HSP 134.40/353.90
* 30 Valley VAL 127.92/317.70 - Seasonal - activated during the Spring and Summer convention season to provide relief to HSP29

AREA 4

uper High Sectors

* 42 Bryce BRY 118.02/259.10

High Sectors

* 03 Moorefield MOR 133.27/371.90
* 04 Potomac POT 133.97/307.02

Low Sectors

* 01 Elkins EKN 128.60/226.67
* 06 Hagerstown HGR 134.15/227.12
* 15 Blue Ridge BLR 133.65/285.60

AREA 5

uper High Sectors

* 39 Snow Hill SWL 121.37/236.82
* 50 Yorktown YKT 127.42/317.72

High Sectors

* 34 Norfolk ORF 133.82/327.80
* 54 Salisbury SBY 120.97/257.70

Low Sectors

* 23 Cape Charles CCV 132.55/256.80
* 51 Casino CAS 127.70/285.40
* 53 Kenton ENO 132.05/354.15

AREA 6

uper High Sectors

* 09 Dixon DIW 118.82/360.65

High Sectors

* 35 Wilmington ILM 124.02/269.15
* 38 Tar River TYI 132.22/354.10

Low Sectors

* 24 Cofield CVI 123.85/323.00
* 25 New Bern EWN 135.50/272.75
* 33 Franklin FKN 132.02/290.42

AREA 7

High Altitude Sectors

* 10 Bay BAY 132.27/379.3
* 12 Brooke BRV 126.87/327.00
* 16 Hopewell HPW 134.02/323.22

Intermediate Sectors

* 11 Calvert CAL 133.90/281.40
* 20 Blackstone BKT 127.75/235.62

Low Sectors

* 14 Irons IRS 132.95/351.80
* 21 Dominion DOM 118.75/377.10

AREA 8

High Sectors

* 58 Coyle CYN 121.02/254.30
* 59 Sea Isle SIE 133.12/281.45

High Low Sectors

* 19 Woodstown OOD 125.45/363.00

Low Sectors

* 17 Swann SWN 134.50/360.70
* 18 DuPont DQO 132.52/287.90

External links

* [http://zdc.natca.net/ Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center]
* [http://kzdc.ivaousa.org/ Virtual Washington ARTCC on the IVAO network]


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