There are many questions about how the TSA will enforce the proposed Large Aircraft Security Program regulations and how the agency will know if someone isn’t complying. Will a government official, for example, approach an operator and ask if he has complied with the TSA regulations before takeoff? Will there be a box on the flight plan form? Will air traffic controllers ask for TSA clearances?
Aviation International News » November 2008
Here is how one charter operator describes complying with the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program, which shares many elements with the TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program. Note that under the proposed rule, operators will not have access
to the no-fly list but will have to pay a third-party provider to check passenger names against the list.
Here’s an estimate of the cost of compliance with the TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program:
• Estimated 10-year cost to the TSA to implement the LASP: $133.5 to $139.8 million.
• Estimated cost to industry to comply over 10 years: $1.4 billion
• Per-flight estimated cost: $44
• Annual compliance cost for newly regulated operators: $12,259 to $28,356
This TSA NPRM could have a profound effect on the American pilots who fly aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds.
The ASA Group is preparing to establish a pair of FBOs in Thailand through a deal that would see it take over the management of the Thai government’s VIP terminals in Bangkok and Phuket. The first of the new bases could be operational by year-end and the other during next year’s first quarter, according to ASA Group CEO Simon Wagstaff.
Tata Ltd., a UK-based subsidiary of India’s Tata Sons, has agreed to take a one-third share of Italy’s Piaggio Aero Industries, manufacturer of the Avanti II turboprop twin. The proposed investment by Tata Ltd., which was expected to receive regulatory and other approvals last month, includes the purchase of existing shares from current shareholders and a new share offering.
When President Bush signed a bill extending FAA taxes and programs for six months, the whole FAA reauthorization imbroglio landed in the laps of the new President and the new Congress.
Charter broker Jet One Jets is seeking more than $60 million in compensatory and punitive damages from Halcyon Jet Holdings and brokerage firm Halcyon Jets for, it alleges, defrauding the company of its employees and customers. Delaware-based Jet One Group alleges that Halcyon Jets took proprietary information and “embarked upon a disinformation campaign” among Jet One Group employees to entice them to leave the company.
On October 21, Eclipse Aviation formally placed defunct charter operator DayJet’s 28 Eclipse 500s on the used airplane market. According to the manufacturer, the airplanes will be sold in “as is” condition.
Two years after the collision between an Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Boeing 737 sent the Brazilian airliner crashing into the Amazon forest with the loss of 154 lives, key questions remain unanswered, but the safety cost of efforts to place blame are clear.