Congress Pressures TSA On DC Airspace
TSA chief David Stone took some heat last week from a congressional panel for being late with a report on reopening Washington's airports to GA traffic. During a budget hearing on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) asked about the status of a progress report on the airports (Reagan Washington National and the three small GA fields known as the "DC-3") that was due on March 1. Stone said a draft of the report had been submitted to the Department of Homeland Security but the recent changes in leadership there had meant a delay. Another TSA report that's supposed to provide updates on the need for the ADIZ around Washington is already months overdue, according to AOPA. "AOPA hasn't forgotten about all the pilots whose access to the nation's capital is limited by the ADIZ and airport restrictions, and we're making sure that lawmakers don't forget them, either," said AOPA President Phil Boyer, in a news release. Rogers told Stone that he'd like to see the report about Reagan National by April 1.