As he promised in March, Under Secretary of Transportation Security John Magaw is considering applications for a director of general aviation security.
General aviation remains on the outside looking in at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) as federal government security agencies continue to stonewall even limited access to the popular facility by “qualified” GA operators.
Under the first major rulemaking of the DOT’s newly created Transportation Security Administration, scheduled for publication February 22, charter operations in Part 25 aircraft face a slew of new security regulations when passengers or crew are enplaning or deplaning in an airport’s “sterile” area (generally, the airline ramp or terminal and its gates).
The 2003 Budget in Brief is, as the title implies, brief, but its complexity still leads the aviation alphabet groups to cherrypick for comment, while news media reveal their opinions through select editing. Few readers study the original text, yielding conclusions that range from focused to false.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority chose Craig Airport for a Florida Department of Transportation program to test a system that will visually monitor day and night airport operations for security and to enhance airport operations. The Integrated GA Airport Security System (IGASS) uses infrared cameras to detect aircraft movements and monitor perimeter security.
With the U.S. terrorist threat level lowered from orange (high risk) to yellow (elevated risk) on April 17, the question then became when–if ever–will the Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) imposed over Washington, D.C., and New York City be rescinded?
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) published a set of security recommendations for general aviation. The recommendations were written by a NASAO committee composed of the state government aviation directors in nine geographically diverse states.
While the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and NBAA continue to work on a security protocol demonstration at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport–which could become a nationwide blueprint for airport and airspace access–the agency is taking further steps to implement the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP).
Authorities recently arrested two regional airline pilots for trying to carry weapons through security and onto their respective flights. The first incident occurred in Harrisburg, Pa., on December 29, when security screeners detected a lock-blade knife in the carry-on bag of a CRJ captain during an X-ray inspection.
The Transportation Security Administration’s revised final Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP) released on New Year’s Eve removes the Global Express from inclusion in passenger and baggage screening requirements. At the same time, the revised program adds a minimum seating configuration that expands coverage to aircraft that wouldn’t have been covered solely under a weight determination.