Without revealing specifics, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assistant administrator John Sammon said on Tuesday at the National Air Transportation Association Air Charter Summit that his agency is hard at work on a rewrite of the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). The TSA met with the general aviation community “about this time last year” to gather input for the new rule, he said.
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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.
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 rule instituted by the Department of Transportation designed to prohibit airlines from subjecting passengers to lengthy waits on airport ramps takes effect tomorrow and will apply consistently across the entire U.S airline industry.
The Transportation Security Administration has completed the revision of the large aircraft security program (LASP) and the legislation is about to move to the Department of Homeland Security and Office of Management and Budget for review, according to Brian Delauter, the TSA’s general manager for general aviation.
A general aviation working group met with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials early last month to begin discussing procedures and processes that would reduce the current level of redundancy in security vetting and badging.
An official for the National Air Transportation Association said that of all the rules enacted in the name of air security, the Transportation Security Administration’s latest NPRM directed at maintenance centers isn’t as bad as some have been. “I have to give TSA credit where credit is due,” said Eric Byer, vice president of government and industry affairs the NATA.
FuelerLinx and SeaGil Software, creator of Bart flight dispatch and aircraft quoting software, have teamed to deliver “a complete fuel management system.” The partnership allows Bart users to build a trip and with a click of a button to access the most current prices at any location worldwide through the FuelerLinx software.
Erroll Southers, the White House choice to head the leaderless Transportation Security Administration (TSA), withdrew his name from consideration on January 20, saying his nomination had been “obstructed by ideology.”