I don't have any expertise on (safety at Washington National). But I have been satisfied from talking with various people who do have expertise that it is a safe airport with modern electronics and controls. I'm satisfied that it is safe. I've no serious questions about that.

Certainly the ground service -- parking and surface access and probably some of the buildings -- are substandard. . . . A regional authority could raise money to correct those deficiences.

-- Linwood Holton Former Virginia governor; chairman of the commission to study regional control of National Airport

* You can't make a No. 1 airport out of National. You can't get the 10,000 feet you'd need for a runway. It's ridiculous. It costs millions, and environmentally, it's not acceptable.

This airport is a 1939 airport, a 1940 airport, and it's just like it was then, except for minor improvements. You can't make a D3 airport into a bustling airport. In trying to keep National the region's No. 1 airport, Congress would have you force five quarts into a four-quart jug. It's not perfectable. It's substandard, yes, but not perfectable.

-- Charles E. Beatley Former mayor of Alexandria and pilot

* We have long supported the need for improvements at National and for that reason support the transfer from the federal government to a regional authority.

-- Paul Ignatius Chairman and chief executive officer, Air Transport Association of America

* There's always been a lot of concern about safety. . . . It stems from the fact that it's built for propeller planes, and it's now being used for jets, and it's right in the middle of a metropolitan area. These two questions raise concerns.

-- R. Scott Fosler Member, Montgomery County Council; member of the Holton commission

* The board's never done an in-depth study of National Airport. I have no comment.

-- G. H. Patrick Bursley Member, National Transportation Safety Board