Although general aviation access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) continues to be an elusive and possibly unattainable goal, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) put its GA airport-watch hotline into effect at the beginning of last month and announced that it will test a security program for GA operators at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) within the next few weeks.
Although the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is among the 22 separate government agencies that will become part of the new Department of Homeland Security, the TSA is expected to remain intact for at least two years.
What is the realistic likelihood of your aircraft being targeted by a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile (SAM) in the hands of a terrorist? After an Israeli charter airliner was unsuccessfully attacked by such weapons in Mombasa, Kenya, on November 28, the threat of man-portable air defense systems (manpads) has elevated concerns about terrorists shooting at airplanes.
What began as a straightforward interim final rule on alien flight training has caused heartburn at some general aviation groups. But the Transportation Security Administration refused to delay the October 20 start date for the rules that address aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less.
The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has said that he fully supports NBAA’s Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) initiative, but the business aviation association remains frustrated by the TSA’s lack of progress in expanding the effort to increase the benefits of the TSAAC initiative.
MedAire has expanded beyond the medical-assistance services and products the company has provided the airline and business aviation industry for 20 years, launching at the NBAA Convention last month a line of security products.
Aviation Technologies has created what it believes is a solution to the time-consuming process of checking air passenger and employee names against Transportation Security Administration (TSA) “no-fly” and “selectee no-fly cleared” and “selectee cleared” watch-lists. Those lists now total more than 120,000 people, most of whom are barred from flying or for whom additional security measures are necessary.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded General Dynamics Aviation Services’ maintenance center in Westfield, Mass., its “Star” status. It is the highest level of recognition in the administration’s voluntary protection program.
China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau has selected Sensis to deploy automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment at two airports in central China. The ground sites at Chengdu Shuangliu International and Jiuzhai Huanglong Airports will mark the country’s first formal trial of 1090 ADS-B technology for use by commercial aircraft. China eventually plans to roll out a nationwide network of ADS-B sites.
Although the Transportation Security Administration’s general aviation airport security guidelines working group was unable to reach a consensus on how to categorize public- and private-use GA airports for security purposes, last month it urged the TSA not to “isolate” general aviation with more stringent security procedures than those being adopted as “best practices” by other modes of transportation such as maritime, rail or highways.