Signature Flight Support at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) logged 33 business aviation operations on November 16, its largest tally since the days before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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NTSB investigators are at the site of Monday’s Alaska crash of a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T turboprop-conversion floatplane that killed five, including former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), and left four others seriously injured, including former NASA administrator and current EADS North America chairman Sean O’Keefe and his teenage son.
Describing general aviation as “an important part of our aviation infrastructure at Reagan National, James Bennett, president of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, called for a relaxation of restrictions on GA flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Over the last 76 years, Exxon Mobil has operated a variety of aircraft from Beech Staggerwings and Douglas DC-3s to Gulfstream IVs and the Bombardier Global Express. Today, the 68-member flight department operates four Global Expresses and five Challenger 300s. James Johnson, who joined the company in 1991, became manager of aviation services last year when Patricia Andrews retired.
One year after September 11, corporate aviation is still seeking assurances that its business aircraft will be able to operate on par with the commercial airlines in the event there is a future shutdown of parts or all of the National Airspace System.
General aviation remains on the outside looking in at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) as federal government security agencies continue to stonewall even limited access to the popular facility by “qualified” GA operators.