The Transportation Security Administration’s previously announced plans to require all operators of aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds to adhere to the TSA’s large aircraft security program is back at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.
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BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul companies Dallas Airmotive, Premier Turbines and International Turbine Service have been granted Importer Self Assessment (ISA) certification by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) agreed to add an NBAA-backed amendment to the Aviation Security Improvements Act that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue regulations within 30 days of passage to allow eligible Part 91 aircraft to resume use of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Calling September 11 the dividing line between our nation’s approach to aviation security on a “relatively peacetime” footing and the new “wartime environment,” FAA Administrator Jane Garvey is urging continued support for both the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the FAA, which will continue to be responsible for air traffic security, the safety and integrity of aircraft and the oversight of flight-crew training.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., and FBO ExcelAire to its list of approved airports/facilities that can originate flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va.
Several speakers at the FAA’s 10th annual general aviation forecast conference, held in Wichita April 15 and 16, disputed the agency’s numerical prophecies. Helicopter Association International president Roy Resavage asserted the FAA was underestimating the number of in-service civil helicopters by 50 percent, skewing that part of the forecast.
Some operators are concerned about possible coordination problems that might arise between the FAA and Transportation Security Administration once the TSA moves from being part of the DOT, as is the FAA, to the new Homeland Security Department (HSD).
Declaring that “this meeting is not designed to ask for a bailout of the American airline industry,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue said last month at the chamber’s second annual national aviation summit that “we’re simply asking government not to require the airline industry to absorb more than its fair share of the costs associated with the war on terrorism and defense of our homeland.”
Lawmakers escaped the dog days of August in Washington by taking a vacation and returned the first week of September to face a multitude of concerns, though few involve aviation.
In the past month the nation and the aviation industry have successfully navigated the first-year anniversary of September 11, the first Code Orange alert (one tier below the highest level) and additional TFRs (around the three crash sites) that actually proved to be “temporary.”