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Pressure mounting to reopen three remaining Washington airports to GAPressure mounting to reopen three remaining Washington airports to GA

<BR><SPAN class=twodeck>GA's imminent return to DCA a positive sign</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=twodeck>GA's imminent return to DCA a positive sign</SPAN>

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At a Wednesday congressional hearing on reopening DCA to general aviation, Rep. Connie Morella (R-Md.) pointedly asked FAA Associate Administrator for Air Traffic Steve Brown when College Park Airport, Potomac Airpark, and Hyde Field would reopen to transient traffic.

Brown told the subcommittee the FAA is in the midst of reviewing current security procedures and is looking at ways to modify access by sometime this summer. When Morella asked if the changes could be made before summer, Brown told her they would try.

"AOPA appreciates Representative Morella raising this important issue regarding GA access during the hearing," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "AOPA has been working to restore transient general aviation to these airports and recently sent a letter to Under Secretary John Magaw of the Transportation Security Administration, requesting that TSA take immediate steps to restore access.

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