Cutter Aviation at Phoenix Sky Harbor Location Earns TSA Approval for DCA Flights

Cutter Aviation at Phoenix Sky Harbor Int’l Airport (PHX) has been granted approval as an FBO gateway for approved general and corporate aviation flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as part of the DASSP (DCA Access Standard Security Program) initiative to restore General Aviation access to the airport.  Cutter Aviation PHX is only the second Arizona FBO and is one of less than 80 facilities nationwide to receive the DASSP approval from the TSA.  Scottsdale, is the other approved Arizona location. Cutter Aviation PHX was granted TSA approval on August 30, 2011 and is available for DCA Gateway operations effective immediately.

Richard Campbell, Operations Manager for Cutter Aviation Phoenix Sky Harbor, said they are pleased to now offer their customers the flexibility of travel directly to Washington D.C. through Reagan National Airport, which has been heavily restricted since September 11, 2001. Campbell added that with the number of government contractors in the greater Phoenix area, this added convenience will aid in the growth of business within the area.

Since September 11, 2001, aircraft arrivals into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), only three miles from downtown Washington D.C., have been restricted by the TSA to include only select commercial airline flights in the interest of national security.  The TSA began granting approval for select General and Corporate Aviation operations for arrival through DCA in 2006, but all operators and gateway FBO facilities must comply with strict security standards before being approved for operations into DCA.

Approved DASSP operators may now use Cutter Aviation Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) as their departure point into DCA.  Access to DCA is preferred for many corporate aircraft operators as its central location to Washington D.C. is far more convenient than operations into Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), both over 25 miles to the West.

For more information about Cutter Aviation PHX or DCA Gateway operations from their facility, you can contact their Customer Service Team at 602-273-1237, or visit