WATERFORD – Pentastar Aviation’s executive terminal operation at Oakland County International Airport (PTK) has been granted approval as a Gateway FBO to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) through the DCA Access Standard Security Program. Pentastar is currently the only executive terminal facility in the Metro Detroit area approved for departures flying directly to DCA.
In addition, Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. is now a TSA approved operator for on-demand charter flights into DCA, departing from any DCA Access facility.
The Transportation Security Administration has restricted aircraft arrivals into DCA since September 11, 2001. To become a Gateway, an FBO must meet the strict security requirements outlined by the TSA. As of March 9, 2012, only 102 general aviation entities nationwide have been approved as DCA Gateway locations.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers traveling to Washington, D.C. the option to fly directly into Reagan National,” said Bob Sarazin, vice president of FBO Operations, Pentastar Aviation. “Customer safety, security and convenience are top priorities at Pentastar, so seeking approval as a DCA Gateway was a natural next step for us.”
For travelers headed to the nation’s capital, Reagan National is the closest D.C. area airport – located just three miles from downtown.