Accidents, Safety, Security and Training » Security

News and information about crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues.

February 1, 2012 - 5:35am

Turbine business airplanes operating private and charter flights worldwide logged a substantial increase in accidents and fatalities last year compared with 2010, while fractional operations continued to be one of the safest segments. According to statistics compiled by AIN, total accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets nearly doubled, from 17 in 2010 to 32 last year, and U.S.-registered turboprop accidents jumped from 32 in 2010 to 43 last year. The increase in the number of accidents coincides with an increase in the number of business jet flight operations worldwide.

January 4, 2012 - 1:10am

The lawsuit over the Transportation Department’s plan to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program became moot when President Obama signed an appropriations bill (H.R. 2112) on November 18 that contained language reinstating the program through at least the end of Fiscal Year 2012 (Sept. 30, 2012).

January 3, 2012 - 4:45am

John Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has started returning fire from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, who has declared war on the TSA.

January 2, 2012 - 9:27am

The Transportation Security Administration may finally be getting it. In November, the agency announced it is resuscitating the long-dormant Aviation Security Advisory Committee (Asac) and the Obama Administration said that the business aviation community will continue to have a seat at the table.

December 6, 2011 - 4:14pm

The FAA lifted all restrictions on the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program on Friday, and owners and operators can, according to the NBAA, “opt out from having their flight information broadcast over the Internet.” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said, “NBAA and its members thank the leaders in Congre

December 1, 2011 - 9:00am
Rep. John Mica

The self-admitted “father” of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is driving another nail in the coffin of his “bastard child.” But this time he has other House chairmen and subcommittee chairmen working with him.

November 17, 2011 - 3:49pm

The Transportation Security Administration suffers from bureaucratic morass and mismanagement, according to a staff report from two congressional committees.

November 15, 2011 - 11:08am

The Obama Administration has notified NBAA that it will continue to have a seat on the Transportation Security Administration’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee (Asac), along with 24 other industry stakeholder groups. TSA Administrator John Pistole recently noted the “vital role” the Asac plays in balancing real-world security concerns with workable implementation of policy proposals.

November 3, 2011 - 2:50pm

People who want to continue blocking their aircraft tail numbers from for-profit Internet flight-tracking services will get their day in court next month.

October 30, 2011 - 5:03am
airport lock

Last month I stored the body armor on the top shelf of the closet for the last time, unloaded the gun and put it away, turned in my badge and gave up the donut and free coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. After 20 years as a part-time county deputy I certainly had doubts about pulling the plug–it’s a mindset, a way of life. The world is composed of sheep, wolves and sheepdogs: I’ve always been a sheepdog.