DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP)

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Updated April 5, 2017

Single-Pilot Operations

On July 19, 2005, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released an interim final rule that allows certain general aviation aircraft to apply for access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP).

The TSA is allowing the following types of operations to apply for DCA Access:

  • Operators under a partial security program approved by TSA under 49 CFR 1544.101(b), which operate aircraft with a passenger seating configuration of 31 or more but 60 or fewer seats.
  • Operators under a Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP) approved by the TSA under 49 CFR 1544.101(f), which operate aircraft with a passenger seating configuration of 61 or more seats or a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 45,500 kg (101,309 pounds) or more.
  • Operators in scheduled or charter service with a Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) approved by TSA under 49 CFR 1544.101(d), which operate aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of greater than 12,500 pounds.
  • Aircraft operated by corporations.

For the purposes of implementing this rule, TSA considers "aircraft operated by corporations" as any operation using a paid flight crew, having an operations manual, and requiring recurring flight-crew training. Aircraft that are owned by a corporation but operated by private persons will not be considered for the initial implementation phase of this program. Scheduled and charter operations in aircraft not otherwise under a TSA security program, will not be considered for the initial phase of this program.

NBAA has developed a fact sheet on the interim final rule on access to DCA. The fact sheet outlines the requirements necessary for aircraft operators seeking to operate into or out of DCA. NBAA will update this fact sheet as the TSA releases additional guidance.

For more information about GA waivers, visit the TSA's website.

Resources and Links

NBAA encourages all interested operators to download and review all relevant documentation before starting the application process. For questions please contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at (202) 783-9250 or info@nbaa.org.

News

Government Eases Access to DCA Following Dialogue With NBAA Security Council
February 27, 2012
In the decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, changes to security have led to burdensome procedures for accessing Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). However, rules for accessing DCA are changing significantly, said NBAA Vice President for Safety, Security & Regulation Doug Carr. He attributes many of the changes to the dialogue between TSA officials and NBAA's Security Council. "We've been very pleased with the work that the TSA and the committee have done together," he said. Carr discusses the topic in this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast; it will also be the focus of an NBAA webinar being held on February 29. Read the full article. Listen to the podcast and learn more about participating in the webinar.

TSA Adds New Flexibility to DCA Access Program
February 28, 2011
Based on feedback from NBAA and operators approved to conduct flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), greater flexibility will now be provided for general aviation operations at DCA. Effective March 1, the TSA will implement changes to the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) that will allow approved operators greater flexibility when conducting flights to and from DCA. These improvements are a direct result of collaboration between NBAA, TSA and users of the DASSP. "We appreciate the concerted effort TSA has undertaken to bring improvements to the DASSP and look forward to increased use of the program by NBAA Members," noted Doug Carr, NBAA vice president, safety, security & regulation. Additional information on the improved process will be posted as soon as possible.

At TSA 'Summit' NBAA Continues Call for Improved DCA Access
July 14, 2010
Can access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) be made more workable in a way that continues to address federal officials' security concerns regarding flights over the nation's capital? That was the question on the table at a recent meeting of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials and industry stakeholders, according to Doug Carr, NBAA Vice President for Safety, Security & Regulation. Read more.