AOPA has received official word from the TSA that Maryland's Hyde Field is approved to reopen for based aircraft operations on Saturday, September 28. This good news comes five months after the airport was closed by TSA.
"While the AOPA staff advocated for the reopening, the real credit goes to the local AOPA members and airport officials," said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government and Technical Affairs Andrew V. Cebula. "The persistence of Ray Isherwodd, who serves as the Hyde Field security officer; Gary Bielstein, AOPA's Airport Support Network volunteer; and Nabil J. Asterbadi, the airport owner, plus many other dedicated pilots based at Hyde, has resulted in this reopening. These folks spent countless hours working to develop a revised security plan and have it accepted by TSA."
AOPA's efforts remain focused on fully restoring operations by non-based aircraft to the "DC-3" (Hyde Field, Potomac Airpark, and College Park Airport) all located in the Washington, D.C., area. These are the only three general aviation airports in the country that are still under severe security restrictions as a result of 9/11.