Late last month the FAA issued several Notams eliminating enhanced Class B airspace and reducing the dimension of the temporary flight restriction areas in Washington, New York and Boston. The Notams also restore Part 91 access to New York’s JFK and La Guardia Airports.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
General aviation will have to wait until later this month to learn how it might be affected by the aviation security bill signed November 19 by President Bush in a ceremony at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Ironically, or perhaps symbolically, DCA remains closed to all Part 91 and Part 135 operations.
General aviation continues to make some, albeit slow, progress towards regaining at least limited access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) with the announcement by a top Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official that the agency hoped to publish the required security procedures this month.
Changes in flight paths around the Washington-Baltimore area, which have nothing to do with security implications, are being proposed in anticipation of the new Potomac Tracon coming online later this year.
The Air Pegasus of D.C.-South Capitol Street Heliport in downtown Washington is fighting to avoid a death by proximity–proximity to Capitol Hill, that is.
When it opened for business in 1998, its location one mile south of the Capitol complex was considered an advantage–one embraced by corporations, government officials, the military, ENG crews and several law-enforcement agencies.
New FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 93-1, “Reservations for Unscheduled Flights at High Density Traffic Airports,” effective October 1, provides details of the FAA’s overhaul of the general aviation slot-reservation process for New York JFK International and La Guardia Airports, as well as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (when reopened to GA). Changes include a move to a 72-hr reservation window and an online slot-reservation system.
One year after September 11, corporate aviation is still seeking assurances that its business aircraft will be able to operate on par with the commercial airlines in the event there is a future shutdown of parts or all of the National Airspace System.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) will remain off-limits to all forms of general aviation for the foreseeable future. This despite massive lobbying efforts by the General Aviation Coalition and others. A government plan to reopen DCA to some GA operators had reportedly incorporated elements of the NBAA’s proposed security letter of authorization (SLOA).
General aviation remains on the outside looking in at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) as federal government security agencies continue to stonewall even limited access to the popular facility by “qualified” GA operators.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) filed a petition with the FAA last month asking that the agency reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to nonscheduled commercial air carriers, which in addition to Part 91 operators have been banned at the airport since 9/11.