New Lasp will likely increase weight threshold

 - February 28, 2011, 4:05 AM

Transportation Security Administration general aviation manager Brian Delauter told attendees at the National Air Transportation Associationπs FBO Leadership Conference early last month that he hopes the newest version of the Large Aircraft Security Program (Lasp) will be ready for release in early April.

According to Delauter, adverse comments from the general aviation community caused the TSA to craft a new version essentially from scratch. While he would not comment on specific elements of the new legislation, Delauter did suggest that the applicable aircraft weight would rise considerably in the new version.

At an NBAA Aircraft Registration Conference in Naples, Fla., last month, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said that the weight threshold would be increased from the 12,500 pounds in the initial proposal to "between 25,000 and 30,000 pounds" in the forthcoming rewrite. Bolen said these higher weights are more quantifiable, since the TSA is basing them on fuel load capacity.