– The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration finally surrendered to Congressional pressure and offered a plan to open Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation traffic.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Looking for a new Midwest gateway airport into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)? Look no further than Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio. As of August 24, Port Columbus is a Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) gateway, a designation that allows certain general aviation operations, including corporate and on-demand charter, to fly directly from Port Columbus to Washington National.
Business Jet Center, a Dallas Love Field-based FBO, has been authorized as the first Dallas/Fort Worth-area gateway station for general aviation flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and the first two DCA-bound flights were due out in the middle of last month.
A limited number of general aviation operations may return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) soon, but some rather onerous requirements will be attached.
It used to be Signature’s busiest location– by far. The FBO at Ronald Reagan Washington National has seen on its ramp everyone from presidents, ex-presidents and captains of industry to weekend pilots with their families visiting the nation’s capital.
The June 23 event was called “Celebrate General Aviation,” but with general aviation access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) still in limbo at the time of the celebration, some thought it might have been a tad premature. That goal inched closer to reality almost a month later with the publication of the interim final rule that would reopen DCA to some GA operations.
Rules that enable qualified general aviation operators to resume flights into and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) went into effect last month, and interested operators can start the complicated application and approval process.
Alaska Airlines is the first air carrier authorized by the FAA to use a new RNP (required navigation performance) approach to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s Runway 19. The airline pioneered RNP procedures–which allow lower minimums–at Juneau International and other airports in Alaska.
It you’re flying to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), a word to the wise–call ahead.
“The TSA’s decision to expand the number of gateway airports for general aviation flights into DCA represents another positive step in restoring full access to the airport for our industry,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.