The FBI is expanding its campaign to raise public awareness about the consequences of laser attacks on aircraft to include all 50 states. The effort builds on a test program started earlier this year at 12 FBI offices that raised public awareness about the dangers of shining lasers at aircraft through a series of public service announcements, billboards and media outreach. As a result of this campaign, the number of reported incidents has fallen 19 percent in the major metropolitan areas of the 12 field offices.
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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the expansion of a trial program it started earlier this year with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) to deter people from pointing at aircraft with lasers, which can temporarily blind pilots. The FBI will offer up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who intentionally points a laser. The reward is available for 90 days in all 56 FBI field offices.
The FBI has stepped up its efforts to squelch laser pointer incidents by assigning the investigation of two recent attacks to its Joint Terrorism Task Force. Two different aircraft last week became the targets for laser pointer attacks at New York’s La Guardia Airport. No cockpit crewmembers were injured in either incident.
A performance audit conducted from March 2012 through February 2013 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the U.S. Attorneys General (AGs) and the FBI director reimbursed the federal government for their personal travel in government aircraft in accordance with federal requirements. The study was requested by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep.
The FBI’s National Aviation Safety Officer, Special Agent Troy Smith, was named the first recipient of the Eugene Cernan Safety Standdown Award at the October 10 Bombardier Safety Standdown annual banquet in Wichita. Smith, who began his FBI flying career while assigned to the San Francisco field office, told the audience, “Before I applied for the FBI’s top aviation safety job, I had no previous formal training in aviation safety.
President Barack Obama nominated John Pistole as assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, a position where he would also lead the Transportation Security Administration. Pistole’s nomination follows two previous failed attempts to fill the position over the past year. He currently serves as the deputy director of the FBI, a position he has held since October 2004.
President Barack Obama yesterday nominated John Pistole as assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, a position where he would also lead the Transportation Security Administration. Pistole’s nomination comes after two previous failed attempts to fill the position over the past year.
A New York-based NBC TV crew tried to infiltrate a St. Louis, Mo., operator last month, in an attempt to demonstrate how easily terrorists could penetrate security and smuggle weapons or a bomb aboard a helicopter. However, alert staff members at Fostaire Helicopters, based in the general aviation area of the St. Louis Downtown Airport, smelled a rat and called the local police.
A hydraulic leak that, along with inclement weather, forced a NetJets Citation on a ferry flight from Appleton, Wis., to Rochester, Minn., to divert to Minneapolis on January 12 was caused by a break in a hydraulic line, not by a bullet strike. During the post-flight inspection in Minneapolis a broken hydraulic line was found inside the left engine compartment, as well as a bullet hole on top of the right wing with the bullet still embedded.