Washington DC ARTCC

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Washington DC ARTCC (1963-Active) - One of 22 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC)s in the United States. Established in 1963 in Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia. Assigned a FAA ID of ZDC. Active FAA Air Traffic Control Center. Also known as Washington DC Center.


The Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) was originally established on 1 Apr 1937, at Washington Hoover Airport. The facility later moved to Hanger 6 at Washington National Airport. The current Washington DC ARTCC opened on 28 Apr 1963 in Leesburg, Virginia.

The Washington DC Center covers a part of the FAA's Eastern service area.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) system of 24 FAA Area Control Centers, 20 in the lower 48 United States, one in Alaska, one in Hawaii, one in Puerto Rica and one in Guam. The system operates with radar data provided by FAA radar sites, DoD radar sites, and other federal agency radar sites. These centers provide en route and oceanic services to private, commercial, and military aircraft overflying their respective control areas. As aircraft enter or exit from one control area to the next, responsibility for the aircraft is transferred to the gaining ARTCC. Voice communication between aircraft and the ARTCCs is supported by a network of ground-air radio sites often co-located with the radar sites.

The gathering of radar, beacon and other sensor data are now largely automated and continuous, but the actions necessary to control the airspace are conversational and require some 14,000 FAA air traffic controllers talking directly to pilots in the air and on the ground at terminals. This number does not include military air traffic controllers.

Washington DC ARTCC (ZDC)
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 2,464,286 FY2016
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 2,527,500 FY2017
Operations Rank 3/24 FY2017
En-Route Air Traffic Controllers 321 a/o 17 Sep 2016
Airspace Area (sq miles) 165,000

Washington DC ARTCC Radar Sites (edit list)
FAA JSS NORAD Site St_ Equip_ Status Origin GPS ARTCC Notes
ZQRL Benson
Active 35.51111,
ZQGV J-02 Z-115 Fort Fisher NC ARSR-4
Active Fort Fisher AFS 33.97722,
Active 37.38278,
ZQVR J-01 Z-321 Oceana NAS VA ARSR-4
Active 36.82722,
ZQPL J-50 Z-318 The Plains VA CARSR
Active 38.88250,
ZQBE Z-121 Bedford VA CARSR
Active Bedford AFS 37.51722,

Note: This list includes only long-range FAA Radar Sites listed with this ARTCC as the Overlying Enroute Center. Adjacent ARTCC sector sites are not shown and short-range terminal radar sites are not shown.

Current Status

Active FAA facility in Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia.

Location: 825 E Market St, Leesburg, VA 20176.

Maps & Images

Lat: 39.10153 Long: -77.54286

  • Multi Maps from ACME
  • Maps from Bing
  • Maps from Google Washington DC ARTCC
  • Elevation: 309'

GPS Locations:

See Also:


  • Administrator's Fact Book, Federal Aviation Administration, May 2019, archived 4 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • 2017-2026 Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan, Federal Aviation Administration, 2017, archived 5 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • Air Traffic by the Numbers, Federal Aviation Administration, 2018, archived 5 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • Computer system to Improve air safety unveiled in LA, The Napa Valley Register (Napa, California), 11 Mar 1988, page 20, archived 7 Jul 2019.


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