Alphabets Petition TSA for LASP Rulemaking Group

 - February 10, 2009, 10:55 AM

NBAA, AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) late last week sent a joint letter to the TSA urging the agency to establish a rulemaking committee to address questions and concerns raised by industry and government about the TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). The letter, sent to TSA acting Administrator Gale Rossides, reads: “Given the [LASP] proposal’s substantial lack of data regarding the effect of this program on general aviation, and TSA’s numerous requests for critical information from the public, we are formally requesting that TSA begin the steps necessary to establish a rulemaking committee. Creation of a dedicated work group would allow industry and the TSA to work together on requirements that would simultaneously enhance general aviation security and facilitate general aviation operations.” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen first suggested the formation of such a committee at the January 6 LASP hearing in White Plains, N.Y. “The business aviation community is committed to security…[but] we need to get this right,” he said last week. “I look forward to working with TSA officials on the formation of a rulemaking committee, so that we can effectively address questions and concerns.”