Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22177 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1646 times:
No, I don't think he does. I think he means general aviation, which is also abbreviated GA.
On airnav.com I see no FBO at DCA, so I'd have to assume that there's nothing. I can understand - even if it was allowed, with all the security around there it's probably more trouble than it's worth, and DCA was supposed to be expensive too. I just wonder where all the bizjets go when they're flying to DC.
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Beltwaybandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1619 times:
We're lucky we have commercial aviation out of National!!! Seriously, the proximity of National to the Pentagon, White House and Capitol building make it unlikely that GA will return. Conceivably, they could put a gross weight cap and limit it to smaller props, but that's really not the type of GA traffic that would need DCA. There are enough alternative airfields to justify keeping DCA closed to GA. In addition to IAD, BWI and Manassas, there is Montgomery County and College Park (smaller airfields).
CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1583 times:
Actually- Signature's website says they still maintain an operation at DCA for the government-sanctioned private traffic into and out of DCA. (I see a private J31 and King Air there regularly as I pass on the Metro). That and Beltwaybandit- you forget College Park and other airfields around DC are limited in that Secret Service and other FAA permissions are needed to fly into or out of these airports limiting their usefulness (sadly)...
(ps- the spellcheck suggested I replace 'website' with 'obesity'! go figure...)
US AIRWAYS From United States of America, joined May 1999, 432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1515 times:
I'm down there quite frequently, and Signature is definitely still in operation. In addition to the J31 and the King Air, I've also been seeing a US Coast Guard Gulfstream (forget it was a V or not) quite often lately.