The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued an intelligence bulletin warning on Friday that “violent extremists with knowledge of general aviation and access to small planes pose a significant potential threat to the homeland.” In a separate memo sent to general aviation pilots a day later, the TSA said,
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In the wake of the killing of terrorist chieftain Osama bin Laden last month by U.S. forces in Pakistan, there have been reports of specially trained personnel from the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security visiting FBOs located at airports served by airlines.
Looking for information on the FAA’s OpSpecs Web site? As of August 31, the FAA shut down www.opspecs.com and moved all of that material to other Web sites. MMELs used to be hosted on the OpSpecs site, but now these are available at the Flight Standards Information Management System (http://fsims.faa.gov/).
On August 8, a tour helicopter climbing from a Hudson River heliport in Manhattan collided with a Piper PA-32 Lance piston single. In the ensuing crash, both aircraft were destroyed, and all nine people–three on the Piper and six on the Eurocopter AS 350BA–were killed.
In the wake of the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in February, how are safety programs and pilot hiring, training and testing practices being improved?
Wichita’s United Way of the Plains will be opening a one-stop help center for unemployed residents and area workers to provide a range of services, including budget counseling and access to government assistance programs. In extreme cases, it will also help unemployed workers pay housing and utility bills, according to United Way of the Plains president Patrick Hanrahan.
Seven years after 9/11, general aviation is still vulnerable to acts of terrorism because of inaction by the White House, according to a report prepared by the Democratic staffs of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees.
With today’s dedication of the country’s first major September 11 memorial at the Pentagon, Americans are recalling the events of that fateful day when airliners were turned into weapons of mass destruction. Although general aviation had nothing to do with the tragic events of 9/11, many of the security measures instituted in the aftermath of the attacks that affect GA operations remain in effect.