The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced two days after the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon the formation of a Business Aviation Security Task Force to develop procedures to “prevent the illegal use of private, corporate, charter and fractional business aircraft by potential terrorists.”
“In light of this week’s tragic events involving airliners, it is important to ensure that our nation’s fleet of private business and charter aircraft are secure and available to meet the critical needs of the traveling public without fear of misuse,” said NATA president James Coyne when announcing the task force last month.
The task force will include senior officials of aircraft charter companies, corporate flight departments, fractional providers, aircraft and equipment manufacturers, FBOs, airport management, aviation security experts and representatives from government agencies involved with aviation and public security. NATA chairman Jim Christiansen is serving as the task force chairman.
The first meeting of the task force was scheduled for September 21 in Washington.