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Another Effort To Open DCA To GA

Legislation that would re-open Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to GA aircraft was introduced yesterday in the U.S. House, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) told AVweb last night. It's not the first bill to make that attempt. But this bill was introduced by the leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and "That's key," according to NBAA spokesman Dan Hubbard. Congressmen Don Young (R-Alaska), Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) all signed on to the bill. These sponsors add considerable clout to "a growing chorus of support" for re-opening DCA, NBAA said. "The resistance of the administration to opening general aviation here while small planes fly everywhere else has now met the two-fisted response of two bills demanding reopening now," Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), one of the bill's cosponsors, told the Associated Press. A similar bill is pending in the Senate. "This proposal recognizes that effective security policies can be developed that strike a balance with economic realities and individual freedoms. That has been NBAA's message all along," NBAA President said yesterday in a news release. The bill would require the airport to re-open within 180 days. The Department of Homeland Security would first have to develop a plan to ensure security. The bill is HR 1496.