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User currently offlineDcbat2072 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 159 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

GA at DCA resume tomorrow morning...anyone know the initial actual # of flight per day will fly in and out of National by GA? See below for press kit:

http://www.metwashairports.com/authority/pr/pr101205.pdf

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User currently offlineSkip17 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

It may sound great, but aren't there a lot of restrictions and certain lengths that have to be achieved before one can fly into DCA? What could those intell?

User currently offline762er From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 542 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2357 times:

What kind of airplanes will they be allowing in? Only corporate jets, or is a C172 going to be able to fly in. What are the requirements?

User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

It's hardly 'open' to GA at all.

The requirements are ridiculous, and I see no reason why the average GA/biz would go through the hassles when they could just fly to IAD, HEF, or BWI.

You have to have an armed guard onboard, fly out of one of 12 gateway airports, send a list of all pax to TSA, etc. etc...

Jimbo



I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
User currently offlineDcbat2072 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

They are ridiculous, but the rich corporate clients who have meetings with government officials will probably like flying into National where they are only a few minutes from downtown DC. Saves time rather than flying to Dulles or BWI or Manassas.

User currently offlineDcbat2072 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

Anyone see any GA planes at DCA today? I didn't...I guess it'll take a few days or weeks to really take effect.?

User currently offlineJAXFLL From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

National should have never been re-opened due to its proximity to the capitol and the white house. IAD and BWI could handle the traffic. It was only re-opened for congressmen and congresswomen wanting to catch a flight to their home district.

User currently offlineDcbat2072 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

National is probably the most secure airport in the country...I'm tired of hearing people say that it should have never reopened...I mean think about it. The plane that slammed into the Pentagon came from Dulles...why? because DCA is simply too well secured. It is a vital part of the local economy and is probably one of the most convenient and accessible airports in the USA, if not the world. DCA is among the safest in the world and it'll always be.

User currently offlineAAFLT1871 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2333 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

Quoting JAXFLL (Reply 6):
National should have never been re-opened due to its proximity to the capitol and the white house

You do not have a clue about DCA, do you? Stick to your Florida Airports

Even though it is in Virginia, it still is considered D.C's airport. It is a popular Arrival or Departure destination as you could be off of a plane and in downtown D.C for business or vacation in about 10 minutes time compared to the hour + it would take to commute from BWI or IAD. If traffic is bad, add an additional 1 to 2 hours onto your commute easily.

As it was already said, no plane was taken on 9-11 from DCA. So why would you close it down? What makes you think it is not safe? 2 marshalls on every flight, the secret service tracking every flight into the area, ready to take action from the rooftop of 1600 Pennslyvania Ave. if need be. Pilots know what to avoid, when coming or going to DCA. Are there infractions every now and then coming out of DCA? Yes, most times it is due to avoiding a flock of birds flying along the river and a plane will fly into P-56 to avoid a strike. Does the Secret Service like that? No. Do they deal with it? Yes.

http://www.faa.gov/ats/dca/dcaweb/p56.htm

Quoting JAXFLL (Reply 6):
It was only re-opened for congressmen and congresswomen wanting to catch a flight to their home district.

Yeah that was it, it had nothing to do with the people who work at the airport keeping their jobs.  sarcastic 



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