There are 13 heliports within Washington, D.C., the federal capital district of the United States, as of 2021. As of 2002, there are also 32 others in the Washington metropolitan area. Of this total, 22 belong to hospitals, 12 to other corporations or private owners, 10 government, three military, and one public.
No active facilities for fixed-wing aircraft exist within the geographically small and densely populated city. The district has not had any such facilities since 1962, when NAS Anacostia and Bolling AFB demolished their runways and abolished their seaplane base on the Potomac River. Airports associated with DC (such as Dulles, Reagan, or Baltimore/Washington) are instead located nearby in Virginia or Maryland.
Heliports in D.C.
|FAA||IATA||ICAO||Name||Owner / Operator||Coordinates|
|09W||South Capitol Street Heliport||South Capitol Street Heliport, LLC|
|JPN||JPN||KJPN||Pentagon Army Heliport[a]||United States Army|
|BOF||BOF||KBOF||Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling[a]||United States Navy & United States Air Force|
|DC17||Children's National Medical Center||Children's National Medical Center|
|DC09||Georgetown University Hospital||Georgetown University|
|24DC||George Washington University Hospital||Universal Health Services|
|DC06||MPD 2nd District||Metropolitan Police Department|
|DC16||MPD 3rd District||Metropolitan Police Department|
|DC07||MPD 5th District||Metropolitan Police Department|
|DC52||Sibley Memorial Hospital||Sibley Memorial Hospital|
|DC04||Spirit of Washington Heliport||Spirit of Washington|
|DC03||US Park Police Eagle's Nest||National Park Service|
|DC08||MedStar Washington Hospital Center||MedStar Health|
South Capitol Street Heliport
Until 1996, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC) operated eight helicopters, including three MD-500s and five Bell OH-58s. The MPDC had heliports in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th police districts. The helicopters were sold after budget cuts; the MPDC used National Park Service helicopters as needed. In 2001, the MPDC obtained a new Eurocopter AS350, and flies it from the South Capitol Street Heliport at Buzzard Point.
From 1998 until the September 11 attacks, Air Pegasus operated helicopter sightseeing and other transportation services out of the South Capitol Street Heliport, but the federal government has not allowed it to resume operations due to security concerns. WTTG Fox-5 also used the heliport from 1999 to 2001, then moved its operations elsewhere. On November 10, 2010, District of Columbia Congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton asked the TSA to allow the South Capitol Street Heliport to reopen for non-governmental use.
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- Not included in above count
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