TSA Suspends Potomac Airfield's Security Program

Nov 02, 2005, 00:00 ET from Transportation Security Administration

    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
 metropolitan area.
     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