POTOMAC, Md., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) today issued a letter to inform Potomac Airfield that its
security program has been suspended. The airport had recently been notified
about its failure to comply with current security regulations. Planes
utilizing this airfield, which is a part of the Maryland Three group, fly in
close proximity to many key assets and critical infrastructure in the DC
In February 2005, TSA assumed management of a program which allowed
Potomac Airfield, College Park Airport, and Washington Executive/Hyde Field to
continue operations under a rule which was created specifically for the
Maryland Three airports due to their location within the Washington, D.C.
Flight Restricted Zone. The rule also grants access to pilots not based at
the Maryland Three airports by allowing them access the airports if they
comply with the TSA-mandated security requirements and procedures. As a
result, the airports are able to accommodate more travelers and business while
maintaining an appropriate level of security.
TSA routinely monitors these airports to ensure compliance through regular
inspections and communications with the airport security coordinator. The
agency will continue to work with the Potomac Airfield staff on the issues
surrounding the suspension.
Pilots in need of more information regarding Potomac Airfield, including
aircraft relocation plans, should contact TSA program manager Dirk Ahle at
(571) 227-1504. The toll free hotline for GA pilots is (866) GA-SECUR.
CONTACT: TSA Public Affairs, +1-571-227-2829
SOURCE Transportation Security Administration