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News and information about crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues.
Congress last week passed a far-reaching security bill that deals with both cargo and general aviation security, among other things. The bill, “Improving America’s Security Act of 2007,” marks a major change in how cargo will be screened.
As of June 23, air carriers have begun using unique carrier codes when electronically transmitting advance passenger information system data to Customs & Border Protection. The change is required by new Security Directives and Emergency Amendments that require carriers to electronically send a master crew list and crew manifest data to the TSA. NBAA’s online APIS submission service has been modified to require an APIS carrier code.
New York state legislators are moving forward on a bill that would impose burdensome restrictions for aircraft owners and operators at general aviation airports throughout the state.
According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the house subcommittee on aviation, sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) acting Administrator David Stone.
Occasionally, GPS satellites are spread across the sky in configurations that prevent a receiver from calculating a good position fix. When that happens, the unit’s receiver autonomous integrity monitor (RAIM) will generate an alert to the pilot to use an alternative navigation source.
On June 9, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher was inbound to the Washington, D.C. area aboard a state-owned King Air to attend the funeral ceremony for President Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, the transponder on the airplane was not working. When the aircraft reached the D.C. flight restricted zone, an area that extends some 16 miles around the Capitol, it was misidentified as a potential terrorist threat, leading to the evacuation of the U.S.
The strict security requirements of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) just-released plan to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation in about 90 days might prove to be so expensive and complicated that some operators could be discouraged from using the airport. DCA has been closed to GA since 9/11.
The number of unmanned air vehicles in our skies is growing fast, but there are many regulatory and doctrinal issues to resolve, before UAVs and their ground and underwater-based cousins will operate routinely.
The FAA is expected to issue the first Airworthiness Directive on the Eclipse 500 VLJ in the next few days, restricting the jet to day VFR flight because of a pitot/angle-of-attack probe freezing problem that occurred on three flight-test airplanes. Until the AD becomes effective, the Eclipse 500 can be flown IFR but not in IMC, pending installation of a pitot tube fix. The problem took place after takeoff in high-humidity conditions.