National Jets celebrates birthday with TSA authorisation


National Jets has two reasons to celebrate this week – its 70th birthday and getting approval for becoming Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) airport’s newest DCA Gateway FBO.

The charter, maintenance and management services provider has been operating since 1947, when it provided flight operations for the Durham Flying Club. It took out its first leasehold at FLL in 1961.

It has now received approval for becoming a DCA Gateway FBO at FLL under the DCA Access Standard Security Program, which governs business aviation access to Washington’s Reagan National Airport. The company underwent a three-month application process, which included providing paperwork, setting up a security programme, training its employees, and being inspected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

According to National Jets general manager Reggie Nichols, the TSA decided that the company’s existing facility didn’t need to be modified to comply with the Fixed Base Operator Standard Security Program (FBOSSP) regulations.

And CEO Sam Robbin said: “Adding our DCA Gateway approval only adds to the convenience that we are able to provide our customers.”

National Jets has been rated one of the top ten independent FBOs and the number one FBO at FLL for the last 15 years in the ProPilot PRASE survey. It started dealing non-branded fuel for the first time in more than 20 years in January, and is the launch partner for GMSTEK’s X1 FBO software.