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.
Establishing stronger cyber security must become a top national imperative, according to industry and government cyber security specialists at a recent FAA/Air Traffic Control Association Technical Symposium in Atlantic City who described–in understandably guarded terms–the general approach certain government and industry organizations are taking.
Avidyne last month introduced two TSO C147-certified traffic advisory systems, the TAS605 and TAS615, to fill out its line of TAS products, which also includes the TAS600 and TAS620. With the announcement Avidyne also said it is dropping the price of the TAS600, introduced in 2005, to $8,490. The TAS605 carries a list price of $10,990, while the TAS615 is priced at $14,990.
Safran’s Morpho subsidiary is here in Farnborough (Hall 4 Stand B12) exhibiting a mockup of its CTX 9800 machine for detecting the presence of explosives in passenger baggage, which was approved just last year by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Olivier Andries, Safran’s executive v-p for defense and security, claims the system is much faster and has better detection performance than other explosive detectors.
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.
AAR has signed an agreement to acquire Aviation Worldwide Services (AWS) from Xe Services. AWS provides expeditionary airlift services and aircraft modifications to the U.S. and other government customers. According to a spokesman, the company is acquiring the business as part of its long-term strategy to expand its products, services and capabilities in support of government customers in the U.S. and abroad.
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 European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is launching a new template for an emergency response plan that it wants to encourage operators to adopt. The plan will be introduced here at EBACE tomorrow afternoon at a briefing on emergency response planning scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
AAR has signed an agreement to acquire Aviation Worldwide Services (AWS) from Xe Services (formerly Blackwater USA). AWS provides expeditionary airlift services and aircraft modifications to the U.S. and other government customers. According to a company spokesman, AAR is acquiring the business as part of its long-term strategy to expand its products, services and capabilities in support of government customers in the U.S. and abroad.