The number of airline crewmembers processed through the “Known Crewmember” (KCM) security screening program at U.S. airports doubled after it expanded to include flight attendants in October. Last summer, when only pilots could participate, the TSA screened 55,000 to 60,000 crewmembers at KCM checkpoints each week. Since flight attendants became eligible, the number jumped to 120,000 weekly, according to Douglas Hofsass, TSA assistant administrator in charge of “risk based” security initiatives.
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Flight Display Systems has been demonstrating a new computer facial-recognition system–See3–that it believes will add a new level of protection to owners and operators concerned with aircraft security, in addition to creating a more complete cabin service.
See3 is based on Linus Fast Access facial-recognition software but adds Flight Display’s own proprietary and expanding set of algorithms. The hardware consists of two main components–the camera and computer–both of which already have FAA parts manufacturer approval.
The Asia Pacific Airlines Association (AAPA) has called for a shake-up of aviation security management in the region, arguing that the current approach–accounting for 25 percent of total airport costs–is inadequate.
SimCom CEO Wally David is optimistic about growth prospects for his Orlando, Fla.-based aircraft simulator training company, even though he concedes that business has been flat over the past year. “We haven’t seen much pickup in our side of the market, which includes light and midsize jet training, as well as for pistons and turboprops,” he said. “This is because of a general lack of confidence in the economy and the many unknowns, the largest of which is the uncertainty over the U.S. elections.”
According to NBAA, a “VIP” movement that is anticipated to take place in Orlando, Fla., on Monday would likely affect aircraft arrivals for the 65th NBAA Convention. The show officially opens on Tuesday in the same central Florida city.
An article in AIN’s September issue addressed concerns that have been raised about the security of the ADS-B system, which is headed for widespread deployment around the world. ADS-B is designed to replace radar as the primary method for surveillance of airborne traffic.
In the wake of last week’s Hurricane Isaac, operations at Lakefront Airport are slowly returning to normal. According to an airport spokesman, the facility was inundated by up to six feet of water attributable to the storm, which raised the level of Lake Ponchartrain by more than five feet, forcing water up through the airport’s drainage lines.
The airport reopened to VFR traffic last Sunday, and by Tuesday evening runway lights and signage were illuminated again. All navigational aids are expected back on line by tomorrow.
In the wake of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showing that foreign flight students can be cleared for flying lessons earlier than they would be cleared to fly commercially on U.S. airlines, the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee has filed a bill to close a loophole in the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).
“The Block Aircraft Registration Request [Barr] program doesn’t really provide privacy; it’s just a barrier,” Dustin Hoffman, president of Los Angeles-based IT engineering firm Exigent Systems, told AIN. Hoffman, who has a private pilot certificate and flies a piston single for his business, set out to prove his point at the Defcon 20 computer security conference earlier this month in Las Vegas.
London is on high alert as Olympic airspace changes and a slot allocation extension to 40 airports (rather than the usual four) kicked in this past weekend, and visitors start to arrive ahead of the summer games opening ceremony on July 27. Slot coordinator Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL), based at London Heathrow Airport, reported that approximately 5,000 bookings have been registered for slots at the 40 airports, though it expects this number to reach 7,000 or 8,000.