TSA To Take a Fresh Look at DCA Access

 - June 15, 2010, 12:46 PM

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants to improve on the anemic number of general aviation flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) under post-9/11 security requirements. Former NetJets and Northwest Airlines pilot Brian Delauter, who now heads the GA sector at the TSA, said last week the agency will hold a “mini-summit” with stakeholders next month to find out what works and what doesn’t in the “burdensome” DCA Access Standard Security Program. Last year’s annual total of 130 general aviation flights barely exceeded the pre-9/11 daily average of 122 flights. Delauter told the National Air Transportation Association Air Charter Summit that NetJets alone had been operating 2,400 flights into DCA annually before the terrorist attacks. Reminding that under current law GA is entitled to 48 slots per day, Delauter said, “I think that’s an attainable goal. I’ve been telling everybody that I have an open goal of increasing the number of flights into DCA.” But he acknowledged that the Secret Service and the Defense Department wield the big sticks in security matters at DCA.