EAA Gains Access to MD3 Airports for Sport, Recreational Pilots
July 2, 2010 — EAA received confirmation on Friday, July 2, that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will revise the Maryland Three (MD3) program immediately to allow sport pilots and recreational pilots access to fly in or out of College Park Airport (CGS), Potomac Airfield (VKX) and Hyde Executive Field (W32.).
An EAA member alerted EAA government services in April that pilots flying as sport pilots were being denied access to the airports since local FSDOs were only allowing private pilots with approve medical certificates to complete MD3 PIN application forms.
EAA took up the effort to gain access to the airports for sport pilots and worked with TSA to get the policy revised. The TSA has approved a policy memo clarifying the inclusion of recreational and sport pilots in the application form used for vetting pilotsł which TSA says were inadvertently excluded.
"After reviewing the issue that was raised by industry, it appears that the Maryland Three form unintentionally excluded these certificates, which was not the original intent," explained Erik C. Jensen, assistant general manager for the TSA's office of general aviation security. A memo confirms a policy decision that is now in effect.
The memo states: "It has been decided to update the existing MD3 PIN Form required for pilots to access the MD3 airports. Currently, the form does not address Sport and Recreational Pilots, and also requests verification of an FAA airmen medical certificate by the pilot's local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). Per FAA's 14 CFR 61.303, Sport Pilots are not required to have an FAA medical, and instead can substitute the FAA medical with a valid U.S. drivers licenses. Consequently, the MD3 PIN form needs to be updated to reflect the Sport and Recreational Pilot Certificates and allow the use of a valid U.S. driver's license (in lieu of an FAA medical) for Sport Pilot Certificate holders."
Because it can take an extended period of time to revise the form, TSA stated "the policy recommendation will become effective immediately."
EAA Government Services Director Randy Hansen, who spearheaded this effort with TSA, stated, "This is a result of your association's efforts to build contacts and to maintain a working relationship with TSA's general aviation department, resulting in improved access for all pilots in the National Capital Region."