GA-TSA Relationship Thaw?

 - October 13, 2011, 2:18 PM

The TSA is willing to work to minimize the effect of its policies on general aviation (GA), Gregory Kulis, a member of NBAA’s Security Council and pilot for Limited Brands, said at an NBAA 2011 forum on the TSA’s GA policies on Tuesday. “Not long after 9/11, it was difficult to find anyone in the agency willing to talk to us,” he said. “That situation has turned around completely.” Joining Kulis were Douglas Hofsass, TSA transportation sector network management deputy administrator; Kerwin Wilson, TSA GA programs acting general manager; Zach Carter, TSA airspace coordination branch chief; and Douglas Carr, NBAA vice president of safety, security and regulation. No one used the phrase “kinder, gentler,” but the TSA officials pointed to recent efforts to ease GA security burdens, including less onerous GA policies, starting with the awaited revised large aircraft security program (Lasp) proposal; working more closely with the Secret Service and the FAA; and expanding DAASP. The revised Lasp proposal is currently under review at the DHS and will next go to OMB for review and approval before being released for public comment. Kulis said NBAA’s Security Council is now working to foster a similar relationship with U.S. Customs.