State aviation group issues security plan

 - January 15, 2008, 6:49 AM

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) published a set of security recommendations for general aviation. The recommendations were written by a NASAO committee composed of the state government aviation directors in nine geographically diverse states. Recommended security measures include securing unattended aircraft; developing security plans for each airport; monitoring airport property and users; and prohibiting unauthorized access to the airport. The report urges the federal government to establish standards for a pilot “smart card” to replace the current paper certificate. It also calls for an additional federal funding source for general aviation security, separate from the Airport Improvement Program. Robert Mallard, director of the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission, chaired the committee. The full set of recommendations (in PDF format) may be downloaded at www.nasao.org/Publications/pdf_files/NASAO_Security_Paper_2002.pdf.