The Maryland Three Program (MD-3) allows properly vetted private pilots to fly to, from or between the three general aviation airports closest to the National Capital Region. These airports are collectively known as the "Maryland Three" airports; they include College Park Airport (CGS), Potomac Airfield (VKX) and Hyde Executive Field (W32). These airports are within the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ.)
All pilots wishing to operate in or out of the Maryland Three airports must complete the process below:
Email the following documents to the MD-3 Program at firstname.lastname@example.org:
*The address on the TSA Form 418, FAA Airmen Certificate and FAA Medical Certificate should match the address on your government-issued picture identification.
Most requests submitted Monday – Friday (between 7:30am and 4:00pm EST) should be responded to within 48 hours. If your information is submitted after 4:00pm EST on Friday or over the weekend, you should receive a response within 48 hours from 7:30am EST on Monday.
It is imperative you choose which airport you want to use for purposes of accessing the FRZ. You will be able to use all three airports within the Maryland Three; however one must be selected as a "base."
As a PIN applicant, you will receive an email from the MD-3 Program once the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) vetting portion of the application has been completed. The email message will also be sent to the airport manager of your choice.
All MD-3 applicants are required to pass a CHRC before being authorized to operate in or out of the Maryland Three airports. NATACS can help you comply with the MD-3 Program. The following link is a TSA guide on how to complete the fingerprinting process for the CHRC with NATACS.
Start the process by selecting the "Click Here To Get Started" button below. You will be asked to choose between being fingerprinted by either a NATACS Certified Fingerprint Technician or by a Law Enforcement Officer. If you choose to be fingerprinted by a NATACS Fingerprint Technician, you will need to select a specific technician from those listed in your area. You will then complete an online form providing demographic data necessary for the CHRC. You will then pay online upfront for the fingerprinting and CHRC using a credit card. Finally, you will be issued a Fingerprint Control Form, which you will need to present to the Fingerprinting Technician. You can print the form out from this website after enrolling and/or have the form sent to your email address.
If you use a NATACS Fingerprint Technician, you will be charged $64.50 which includes both the fingerprint collection and the CHRC. If you use a Law Enforcement Officer, you will be charged $29.50 which includes the CHRC only without any fingerprint collection fees. Please note that the Law Enforcement Officer may charge additional fees for fingerprint collection.