TSA to issue revised LASP proposal

 - September 29, 2009, 11:04 AM

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is developing a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) for the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) that will incorporate feedback received from pilots, airport officials and others during the program’s initial public comment period.

During a meeting of the TSA’s aviation security advisory committee (ASAC) early last month, government and industry officials received an update on the proposed LASP that was rescinded earlier this year after a storm of overwhelmingly negative comments.

The ASAC is part of the TSA and is charged with recommending improvements in security methods, equipment and procedures for civil aviation. The committee has remained dormant for more than three years, and AOPA said it is encouraged that the TSA has decided to re-engage the group.

AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs Craig Spence, a member of ASAC, attended the meeting and is leading the association’s efforts to ensure that future iterations of the LASP are not overly burdensome and costly to GA pilots. When the SNPRM is published, it will have a 60-day public comment period.

“We will work with the aviation industry and government officials to make sure the upcoming proposal is not cumbersome for pilots,” Spence said. During the meeting, the committee also said that it would form a GA subgroup that focuses specifically on security issues facing that segment of aviation.

The original LASP proposed creating a security program that would require operators of any aircraft with an mtow greater than 12,500 pounds to create a security program subject to biennial third-party audits. The TSA received more than 7,000 comments opposing the plan.