New Real ID requirements for GAP passes (starting 2020)

Starting 1 October 2020, everyone will need a Real ID driver’s license to board a plane. This includes receiving a GAP to go through security to greet an Honor Flight. If you don’t have a Real ID license you will need a passport or another form of documentation.
Difference Between the Two Cards
  • Standard credential:
    Your standard driver’s license, like the one you may have in your wallet right now, can be used to drive. In addition, a driver’s license or identification card can be used as ID to vote, cash a check, apply for or receive government benefits, or conduct everyday local business.The next time you renew your standard credential and choose not to upgrade to a REAL ID, it will display “Federal Limits Apply” in the top right corner in order to distinguish it from a REAL ID compliant credential. Because of a federal law change, beginning October 1, 2020, you will not be able to use this style to board a domestic flight or to access secure federal facilities. If you have a U.S. Passport or another form of approved identification, you can use that instead.  Effective immediately, some military bases may no longer accept non-REAL ID compliant credentials which display “Federal Limits Apply.” Please verify identification requirements prior to your visit.

    Picture of Non compliant Real ID License
  • REAL ID compliant credential:
    The new REAL ID compliant driver’s license and identification card can also be used for all of the same purposes as a standard credential.

    However, beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require you to present this upgraded REAL ID compliant credential or another form of approved identification in order to board a domestic flight or to access secure federal facilities.
    REAL ID compliant credentials display a small star in the upper right corner to indicate they meet federal requirements. Choose which documents you’ll need to bring to DMV to get a REAL ID with DMV’s interactive Document Guide.
    Picture of Real ID License
Important Things to Remember:
  • You will not need this credential for domestic air travel until October 1, 2020. Until then, you can use your current driver’s license or identification card to board a plane.
  • The credential is completely optional. If you won’t need it, you don’t need to get it but remember you cannot use a NON REAL ID to get a GAP pass.

Construction advisory DCA

CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY
February 21, 2019
Expanded Hours for Narrowed Traffic Flow Inside Terminal B/C Pedestrian Bridges
Walkways will be narrowed 24/7; Access between terminal and
Metro station will be maintained
Summary of Impacts
  • Beginning on or about February 21, pedestrians will navigate narrowed paths between Terminal B/C and the Metro station 24 hours a day.
Details
  • Beginning on or about February 21, construction crews will build a protective walkway in the pedestrian bridges connecting Terminal B/C and the Metro station.
  • The center walkway within the pedestrian bridges will be closed.
  • Moving walkways on the bridges will be turned off, and pedestrians will be routed through narrower paths to enter and exit the terminal.
  • To keep people moving within the narrowed space, signs will direct traffic flow.
Project Benefits
Timing
  • Constructing the protective walkway will take several weeks. This walkway will then serve as the connection point between Terminal B/C and the Metro station.
  • The protective walkway will remain in use until heavy construction of two new security checkpoints is complete, estimated for 2021.
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Mail request for 100th birthday

World War II Veteran Turns 100 on May 12th

David Philip Beere, a veteran of World War II, was hoping to come to DC on an Honor Flight but has become ill. Please send him birthday wishes, wishes for improved health, and your thanks for his service!


David Philip Beere

PO 1061
Sherwood OR 97140

After Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war, David enlisted in the U.S. Navy Aviation Program and was sent for training in New Orleans. Due to depth perception problems, he transferred to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). He sailed on the TEXAS SUN as a cadet/midshipman during the war.
In 1944, he graduated from the USMMA and was assigned to the USNS GEORGE W. GOETHALS (T-AP-182) which carried troops in support of preparation for the Normandy invasion. He also was stationed at Allied Forces Headquarters in Caserta, Italy. Following the war, Dave returned to Kings Point as a USMMA instructor.

NEW Memorial Schedule list

An additional feature we are proud to present in an ongoing list of all Memorial greeting opportunities. While this website’s purpose is to share DCA arrivals and schedules, many hubs fly in and out of neighboring airports (BWI and IAD). In order to best serve our veterans and recruit the most volunteers, we’ve added a special link to the Memorial page which will list out all Honor Flight scheduled visits to WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. This includes DCA, BWI, and IAD arriving hubs. This report will be produced weekly and cover the following 14 calendar days.

Click here to be redirected to the Memorial Greetings page to see all the Honor Flight memorial schedules based on date and memorial. 

As always, this information is subject to change and modification without notice. Airline delays, downtown activities, and a constantly evolving schedules mean our hubs (and volunteers) must be flexible. We hope you find this report valuable and another opportunity to greet all our veterans in downtown DC!

DCA construction

The DCA airport (National) is undergoing some serious construction as part of a $163.5 million, two year project. We want to make sure all our volunteers leave plenty of time to navigate the temporary paths, parking, and walkways so no one misses greeting a vet!

Please allow extra time in your journey through DCA. Things we’ve noticed:

  • Garage spaces limited/closed
  • Very heavy traffic and lane closures
  • Construction around new security area
  • Upper level for staging buses for pick up and drop off
  • feel free to comment below if you have tips to share with fellow volunteers!

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