The House Committee on Appropriation has approved legislation that in part supports reimbursing general aviation businesses at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and several surrounding general aviation airports for economic losses incurred as a result of security restrictions imposed after the 9/11 terror
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, criticized the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) plan to reopen Reagan National Airport to general aviation.
“Secure Access,” a program that would add more requirements to the Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) program currently being field tested in the New York City area, should be the ticket for allowing business aircraft to operate where airlines are now permitted– namely within TFRs and at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)–said NBAA. The Secure Access program was introduced by NBAA last month.
Beginning in mid-February, Congress took a couple of weeks off and returned to business in early March. Nevertheless, there has been no slowdown in the introduction of bills and, at press time, there were 1,133 bills introduced in the House and 533 in the Senate. A number of bills that failed to make the grade in the 108th Congress were reintroduced with the expectation that some could be enacted into law this go-around.
The House of Representatives passed two key piecesof legislation last month, each containing a mandate toresume general aviation operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) within 90 days of the bills’ passage. H.R. 2360, the Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS) Appropriations Act, funds the agency for Fiscal Year 2006. H.R. 1817, the DHS Authorization Act, is the first authorization bill for the agency.
General aviation’s quest to return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) sustained a blow last month when two Pennsylvania pilots caused another panicked evacuation of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Their Cessna 150 flew to within three miles of the White House.
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.
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