The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expected to have rules drafted by the end of last month that would allow “qualified” GA operations back into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Security and safety training is suddenly a hot topic. When NBAA holds its convention next month, it is offering nearly a dozen new informational sessions that will address safety, security and business aircraft operations in today’s environment.
General aviation received some good news and some not-so-good news last month with regard to airport security.
Before September 11, biometrics was just one of the hundreds of new high-tech buzzwords flooding into the English language, and one that was meaningless to most people in the aviation industry. But experts say that over the next 12 months, few of us will not have experienced, and benefited from, its effects.
NBAA has turned to an outside vendor to assist in conducting the association’s security seminars. Houston-based Air Security International will join NBAA staffers in the seminars designed to give Part 91 operators the materials necessary for their companies to meet the standards required to obtain a TSA access certificate. TSAAC-holding operators eventually might gain access to TFRs equivalent to the scheduled airlines.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)–with the assistance of the general aviation industry–is developing a Transportation Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Evaluation Tool that will allow general aviation airport operators to assess the vulnerability to terrorism of their individual facilities and respond accordingly.
Aviation security collided with politics last month on Capitol Hill, when a Senate bill that would have created–among other provisions–a new force of federal employees to screen airline passengers and their baggage encountered stubborn resistance in the House.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded two $45 million contracts for further research into shoulder-launched-missile protection systems for commercial aircraft. BAE Systems, based in Nashua, N.H., and Northrop Grumman each got the nod to take its program to the Phase II level–a time period covering the 18 months from August this year through January 2006.
Government officials continue to shine a spotlight on general aviation security. Testifying last week before the House Committee on Homeland Security, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department would soon unveil a plan to tighten security standards for general aviation aircraft (read: business airplanes) entering the country from overseas.
In a lawsuit initiated in March last year, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) challenged the FAA mandate that anti-drug and alcohol testing programs apply to aviation maintenance contractors “at any tier.”