dcbat2072
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DCA General Aviation Starts Tomorrow

Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:01 am

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
 
Skip17
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RE: DCA General Aviation Starts Tomorrow

Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:52 am

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?
 
762er
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RE: DCA General Aviation Starts Tomorrow

Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:19 pm

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?
 
bond007
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RE: DCA General Aviation Starts Tomorrow

Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:11 am

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!
 
dcbat2072
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RE: DCA General Aviation Starts Tomorrow

Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:18 am

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.
 
dcbat2072
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RE: DCA General Aviation Starts Tomorrow

Wed Oct 19, 2005 9:06 am

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.?
 
JAXFLL
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RE: DCA General Aviation Starts Tomorrow

Wed Oct 19, 2005 9:17 am

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.
 
dcbat2072
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RE: DCA General Aviation Starts Tomorrow

Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:51 pm

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.
 
aaflt1871
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RE: DCA General Aviation Starts Tomorrow

Wed Oct 19, 2005 3:04 pm

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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