An article in The Atlantic magazine alleging that general aviation security is lax to nonexistent prompted an outcry from GA organizations last month.
The Transportation Security Administration confirmed to general aviation organizations that a new proposal for GA security will not target small airports. Instead, the plan is expected to concentrate on aircraft.
Nexus Flight Operations Services has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with U.S.-based FAM International to provide its customers with tailored aviation security solutions. With its new operations centers in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Nexus provides a range of flight support capabilities, such as flight dispatch, planning and scheduling for aircraft and crew, trip planning and a global concierge service.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano chose a general aviation event–EAA’s AirVenture– to unveil a streamlined process for business aviation users to obtain international waivers for flights into the U.S., as well as an expanded version of a national security campaign.
A survey mandated by Congress could lead to a grant program for security enhancements at general aviation airports. But AOPA cautioned the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that the results of the survey should be used for the allocation of funding, not the imposition of requirements.
Airports that adopted the voluntary security measures of AOPA’s Airport Watch program saw a steep decline in crime the year after the program’s launch, according to a survey of 122 Pennsylvania noncommercial airports conducted by an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide educator.
The Transportation Security Administration has completed the revision of the large aircraft security program (LASP) and the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking is set to begin its circuit to the Department of Homeland Security and Office of Management and Budget for review, according to the agency.
The political uncertainty surrounding the general elections being held today in Britain will undoubtedly have an effect on general aviation in the UK. Several key decisions in the aviation sector have been delayed until after the election. Whatever the outcome of the vote, these issues are unlikely to be resolved for several more weeks or months until a new government is fully operational.
Final agreement over the way the European Union’s new “common basic standards for aviation security” are implemented in the UK will not be achieved by the existing April 29 deadline and could well be delayed at least until late June due to the country’s general election, which at press time is widely expected to be held on May 6.
An official for the National Air Transportation Association said that of all the rules enacted in the name of air security, the Transportation Security Administration’s latest NPRM directed at maintenance centers isn’t as bad as some have been. “I have to give TSA credit where credit is due,” said Eric Byer, vice president of government and industry affairs the NATA.