Homeland Security Funding Bill Addresses LASP Concerns
Under a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010 that was passed by the House last week, lawmakers lauded the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for working with general aviation stakeholders to develop a modified Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) rule that “minimizes adverse affects on general aviation while addressing security concerns.” H.R.2892 urges the TSA to “weigh all the costs and benefits associated with new security mandates for general aviation operators and airports.” A companion bill in the Senate (S.1292), which is awaiting consideration on the Senate floor, contains similar language. The initial notice of proposed rulemaking for LASP would apply commercial air carrier security measures to GA aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, regardless of how they are used. Responding to objections from pilots and legislators, the TSA has said it will publish a new NPRM before issuing a final rule. H.R.2892 also rejected termination of loran and provided continued funding for the system. Meanwhile, NBAA yesterday praised a new House proposal (H.R.3093), sponsored by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), that would require the TSA to create a rulemaking committee with GA stakeholders when developing security measures for the industry.