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Easy and fast access without the hassle of large airports.

Your gateway to DCA

With Whirlwind, It's
Easy In. Easy Out.


KFDK’s location and size are optimal to make those quick turn times happen without worry.


Whirlwind Aviation is your TSA authorized fixed base operator located at KFDK airport.

  • You have the option and can transition to Whirlwind's S-76C VIP executive helicopters within minutes.


  • Clear TSA required aircraft checks and be on your way in less then 30 minutes.


  • Whirlwind will assist you with logistical needs for your trip to DCA.

  • Spend less! Special fuel pricing at KFDK for DASSP flights.

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DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP)


On July 19, 2005, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released an (PDF) 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.


Request Access

Operators looking to participate in the DASSP must apply through the TSA.
Learn more….

Operating Procedures

Once approved to fly into DCA, operators must follow strict procedural guidelines.
View operating procedures


Gateway Airports

Flights must be screened at and depart from a designated gateway airport as the last point of departure prior to arriving at DCA. 

Armed Security Officer (ASO) Program

Security procedures require that an armed security officer (ASO) be onboard each aircraft authorized under the DASSP to fly into and out of DCA.
Learn more about the ASO requirement.

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IMPORTANT:  Information Needed for Everyone on the Flight
  • Full Names of Passengers

  • Social Security Numbers or Passport Information

  • Date of Birth 

  • City of Birth

  • Current Addresses

  • Nationality

Resources and Links


We encourage all interested operators to download and review all relevant documentation before starting the application process. For questions please contact Whirlwind Aviation at (301) 898-2600  or

Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK)


FAA Identifier: FDK


Lat/Long: 39-25-03.2000N / 077-22-27.5000W
39-25.053333N / 077-22.458333W
39.4175556 / -77.3743056


Elevation: 306 ft. / 93.3 m (surveyed)


Variation: 08W (1980)


Time zone: UTC -5 (UTC -4 during Daylight Saving Time)


Zip code: 21701

Airport Services

Fuel available: 100LL JET-A


Parking: hangars and tiedowns


Airframe service: MAJOR


Powerplant service: MAJOR


Bottled oxygen: HIGH/LOW


Bulk oxygen: NONE

Runway Information
Runway 5/23

Dimensions: 5219 x 100 ft. / 1591 x 30 m

Surface: asphalt/grooved, in good condition

Weight bearing capacity: 

Single wheel: 60.0

Runway edge lights: high intensity


Latitude: 39-24.576170N39-25.229950N

Longitude: 077-22.826132W077-22.106402W


Elevation: 306.0 ft.282.6 ft.


Traffic pattern: right left


Runway heading: 048 magnetic, 040 true228 magnetic, 220 true


Markings: nonprecision, in good conditionprecision, in good condition


Visual slope indicator: 4-light PAPI on left (3.00 degrees glide path)4-light PAPI on left (3.00 degrees glide path)


Approach lights: ODALS: omnidirectional approach lighting system


Runway end identifier lights: yesyes

Touchdown point: yes, no lightsyes, no lights

Instrument approach: ILS


Obstructions: 57 ft. trees, 2377 ft. from runway, 271 ft. right of centerline, 38:1 slope to clear104 ft. trees, 2864 ft. from runway, 687 ft. left of centerline, 25:1 slope to clear

Runway 12/30

Dimensions: 3600 x 75 ft. / 1097 x 23 m


Surface: asphalt, in good condition

Runway edge lights: medium intensity

Gradient: NW


Latitude: 39-25.402853N39-25.143327N

Longitude: 077-22.789303W077-22.101972W

Elevation: 294.2 ft.284.0 ft.

Gradient: 0.3% UP

Traffic pattern: rightleft

Runway heading: 124 magnetic, 116 true304 magnetic, 296 true

Markings: nonprecision, in good condition non precision, in good condition

Visual slope indicator: 2-light PAPI on left (3.00 degrees glide path)2-light PAPI on left (4.00 degrees glide path)

Runway end identifier lights: yesyes

Touchdown point: yes, no lightsyes, no lights

Obstructions: trees75 ft. trees, 1409 ft. from runway, 338 ft. right of centerline, 16:1 slope to clear

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