Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration David Stone and Washington journalist Fred Barnes will be the featured opening general session keynote speakers for the NBAA Convention, October 12 to 14 in Las Vegas. Stone had served as acting administrator of the TSA since December 4 last year and had been deputy chief of staff at TSA since August last year.
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The Transportation Security Administration confirmed late last month that it decided to suspend the current “three trip” monthly frequency requirement necessary for operators to qualify for an international fleet waiver. The decision results, in part, from an NBAA meeting with TSA representatives during which they discussed issues associated with the current TSA waiver program.
Congress last week passed a far-reaching security bill that deals with both cargo and general aviation security, among other things. The bill, “Improving America’s Security Act of 2007,” marks a major change in how cargo will be screened.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends that airport and FBO operators read its new guidance document, “Enhanced Fuel Farm/Fuel Storage Facility Security Measures and Fuel Vehicle Access Procedures.” The two-page document is available on the National Air Transportation Association Web site (www.nata.aero).
Citation owners now have another engine maintenance option on the East Coast. Dallas Airmotive’s Millville regional turbine center has added repair, hot-section inspection and field service on Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 engines. The engine powers the Cessna Citation Bravo, Encore, Encore+, Excel, XLS and XLS+.
The holding company for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based regional Gulfstream International Airlines and Gulfstream Training Academy hopes to raise some $10.2 million through an IPO on the American Stock Exchange, according to a registration statement filed with the SEC early last month. The company plans to sell 1 million shares on the Amex under the symbol GIA.
When President Bush signed the FAA reauthorization act (generally known as Vision 100) late last year, the bill called on the agency to work with airports, communities and other agencies to protect the environment while sustaining the economic vitality that will result from continued growth of aviation.
NBAA today unveiled some long-anticipated potential changes to GA security. New security measures could include required government approval for all flights on a flight-by-flight basis and freedom for the federal government to access internal documents and implement and modify operators’ security procedures.
According to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the house subcommittee on aviation, sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) acting Administrator David Stone.
Even those business aviation operators who may never want to fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport should be able to take advantage of NBAA’s “secure access” program. That’s because gaining entry into DCA is but one facet of the still-developing proposal.