A homeland security spending bill includes language directing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work with industry to expand the transportation security administration access certificate (TSAAC), a voluntary general aviation security program. The bill instructs the agency to report to Congress in January on plans to enhance TSAAC.
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The FAA and general aviation organizations have stepped up efforts to inform pilots flying in the airspace around the Washington and Baltimore areas about a new laser light system the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) is using to warn unauthorized aircraft they have violated the national capital region air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and/or the smaller flight restricted zone (FRZ) within it.
Greer Aviation has opened security screening facilities at its FBOs in Edinburgh and Prestwick, Scotland. Equipped with metal detectors and baggage scanners, the facilities are designed to meet expected securityrequirements for commercial flights, including executive charter and fractional operations, in aircraft with mtow between 6,000 and 22,000 pounds.
Language included in the federal homeland security funding bill encourages the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to continue moving forward on expanding the TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC), a voluntary general aviation security program now being tested by 24 business aviation operators at three New York-area general aviation airports. In December, the TSA endorsed TSAAC and committed to work with the industry to expand the program.
General aviation’s quest to return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) sustained a blow last month when two Pennsylvania pilots caused another panicked evacuation of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Their Cessna 150 flew to within three miles of the White House.
At a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee last month, representatives of general aviation organizations spelled out the measures GA has taken to improve security since 9/11.
Hayden Sheaffer, the pilot-in-command of the Cessna 150 that violated the Washington, D.C. ADIZ on May 11, will be allowed to reapply for his airman certificate in 10 months. The FAA reduced the original one-year penalty and Sheaffer, 69, agreed to drop his appeal to the NTSB.
A Senate amendment that called for severe fines, loss of license and aircraft confiscation for violating the flight restricted zone (FRZ) in the Washington air defense identification zone was stripped from the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill last month.
As the pressure mounts in Congress to do something about pilots who bust the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Washington, D.C., the FAA has apparently decided to try to head off any “draconian” legislation.
In a recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on securing and defending U.S. airspace, the FAA said general aviation pilots accounted for most of the 3,400 restricted-airspace violations recorded between Sept. 12, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2004. The report attributes most of these violations to weather diversions, pop-up temporary flight restrictions or pilots’ failure to check for notices of restrictions.