TSA Releases Details For DCA Access...

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It's Complex And Pricey

Oct. 18 is the first day that corporate operators will be allowed back into Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), but if you are thinking that your corporate-owned aircraft can get in there, you might want to think again. Complying with the procedures established by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would require you to hire, at your own expense, an on-board security officer; stop for security screening at one of 12 gateway airports; and obtain TSA approval for every flight, crew member and passenger. "By TSA's definition, 'corporate operator' means paid flight crew, operations manual, and recurrent flight-crew training," Rob Hackman, AOPA manager of regulatory and certification policy, said on Monday. "TSA has indicated that it will consider allowing other GA aircraft such as owner-flown and non-corporate aircraft into DCA, but only after this program has been in place for one year."