TSA Bill Creates GA Security Working Group
A provision that would establish a general aviation working group to advise the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on GA security issues is contained in the TSA Authorization Act expected to pass the House of Representatives before it adjourns tomorrow. The working group will look at security issues for general aviation facilities, including GA aircraft and helicopter operations at general aviation and commercial service airports. The bill, H.R.2200, makes grants available to operators of GA airports for projects to enhance perimeter security, airfield security and terminal security, with 90 percent of the costs to be paid by the federal government under a risk-based system. The bill authorizes $10 million for each of fiscal years 2010 and 2011 for making the grants. The legislation directs the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting through the assistant secretary of Homeland Security, to report to the appropriate congressional committees on TSA use of a risk-based system for allocating the funds effectively.