Signature, which saw traffic at one of its most profitable U.S. locations dwindle after the imposition of TSA restrictions for general aviation flights into Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA), has been working steadily with the agency in an attempt to fill the 48 approved slots in and out of the airport.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Since 9/11, Signature Flight Support has been working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other governmental aviation regulatory agencies and industry associations to improve access to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA), where the company operates the sole FBO on the field.
The Transportation Security Administration has transferred authority over the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) from its security operations office to its general aviation division under the leadership of GA manager Brian Delauter.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added three new gateway airports for general aviation flights headed for Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). Screening under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) will now take place at the Signature Flight Support FBOs at Newark Liberty (EWR), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) and Jacksonville International (JAX) airports.
The Transportation Security Administration has added two more airports to the list of gateway airports for flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, DC under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). The addition of Nashville International in Tennessee and Saginaw International in Michigan brings the DCA gateway total to 25 airports.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is interested in making it easier for corporate aircraft to use Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and last month held a security summit with industry associations to discuss the issue. Five NBAA members that have overcome the many obstacles to flying into DCA also attended.
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.
It has been almost nine years since terrorists showed the world how easy it was to hijack fuel-laden airliners and use them as missiles on Sept. 11, 2001. The events of that day will never be forgotten and to this day continue to reverberate throughout many industries, particularly aviation. Oddly, although the terrorists chose to turn airliners into weapons, it was general aviation that was more severely punished.
Describing general aviation as “an important part of our aviation infrastructure at Reagan National, James Bennett, president of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, called for a relaxation of restrictions on GA flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
The union that represents the pilots of US Airways has asked the Justice Department’s antitrust division to investigate the potential for anti-competitive effects of a proposed slot, gate and facility transaction between US Airways and Delta Air Lines at New York La Guardia and Washington Reagan National airports.