FBO at Love Field Designated DCA Gateway Facility

 - November 13, 2006, 10:37 AM

Business Jet Center (BJC), a Dallas Love Field FBO, is now authorized by the Transportation Security Administration as a gateway for general aviation flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). According to Stephanie Jordan, general manager of BJC, the company had to meet several TSA requirements, including the designation of an area within BJC specifically for processing and screening both the passengers and the crew of flights departing from the FBO and going directly to DCA nonstop. The company or charter provider that operates the aircraft must also be authorized to land at DCA. A background check is made on all crewmembers and passengers for each flight to DCA. "Then they must apply to the FAA for a reservation and then to the TSA for authorization," Jordan explained. "Also, they must have on board a TSA-approved armed security officer." BJC can provide a list of ASOs in the area. Business Jet Access, a BJC-affiliated Part 135 operator, is also now authorized to operate charter flights to DCA.