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December 8, 2005
Flying into the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone is a needlessly cumbersome process, but AOPA has some ideas on how to improve it. To simplify the process, AOPA is asking the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to modify the procedures so that any FSDO in the country is able to do the airman records checks and allow pilots to be fingerprinted by approved state or federal facilities where the data can be properly transmitted.
Currently, pilots who want to fly into the so-called DC-3 airports (College Park Airport, Potomac Airfield, and Washington Executive/Hyde Field) are required to visit the Baltimore/Washington or Dulles FSDOs to complete the airman checks. They then are to report to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to be fingerprinted and undergo criminal background checks. As part of a standard regulatory procedure, the TSA recently asked for comments on the process before the Office of Management and Budget reissues the approval to collect the data.
August 12, 2005
Transportation Security Administration,
Advocacy and Legislation,
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
AOPA is urging Santa Rosa County officials who operate Peter Prince Field in Milton, Fla., to revise proposed rules to eliminate potential conflicts.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.