Congress To Hear From GA On DCA Access

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The U.S. House tomorrow will hear testimony from GA industry folk who are hoping to secure access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which has been off-limits to non-scheduled operators since 9/11. The National Business Aviation Association's President Shelley Longmuir will be there, as will NATA President James K. Coyne. The hearing, which will be held at 2 p.m. at Signature Flight Support at DCA, is being held by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.). Also on the agenda is the continuing impact on GA operations of TFRs. The hearing also will likely look at the impact on airport-based businesses -- namely Signature, the only FBO at DCA -- as well as the surrounding community. A provision in the FAA reauthorization bill passed late last year requires the Department of Homeland Security to implement a security plan to permit GA aircraft to take off and land at the airport.