NBAA: TSA General Aviation Security Proposal ‘Onerous’

 - October 21, 2008, 11:45 AM

The TSA’s general aviation security rulemaking proposal, which would force nearly 10,000 operators of GA aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds (mtow) to create an agency-approved security plan, “is a very significant rulemaking, with the potential to have a very large impact on business aviation,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told AIN. “Everybody in the community is interested in promoting security, but we don’t want to do things that don’t make sense if they don’t serve the underlying purpose of making our overall industry more secure. It clearly looks burdensome, it clearly looks onerous and it does not appear to promote security. It’s disappointing that we know [this rule] has been in the gestation process for two or three years [and looks] more like a cut-and-paste from a commercial regulation than a well thought-out multiyear development tool for Part 91 operations. I think that shows there’s still an awful lot of work to be done here.” NBAA will be crafting a worksheet to help operators understand the effect of the rule, but NBAA vice president of safety and regulation Doug Carr said operators need to submit comments to the TSA after the proposal is published in the Federal Register which is expected this week. “What’s valuable for the regulators to hear is the direct effect this has on you as a potentially regulated party,” Carr concluded.