“We have 700 million passengers each year and we can’t treat them all as terrorists,” American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) president Chip Barclay told nearly 500 people attending a late-October “Aviation Security Summit” at the NTSB’s headquarters in Washington.
Phil Garfinkle has nothing to fear but the lack of fear itself. Garfinkle founded Executive Private Aircraft Corporation (EPAC) to fan airline customers’ fears of traveling with unknown passengers, and their impatience and growing aversion to airport security checks. The EPAC mission is to provide “members with safe, convenient and value-oriented private air travel in a country-club environment.”
Attendees at this year’s Aviation Services and Suppliers’ SuperShow (AS3) were acutely aware that this was their first such get-together since September 11. AS3 is a joint trade show held during the concurrent conventions of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).
General aviation continues to make some, albeit slow, progress towards regaining at least limited access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) with the announcement by a top Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official that the agency hoped to publish the required security procedures this month.
The Air Pegasus of D.C.-South Capitol Street Heliport in downtown Washington is fighting to avoid a death by proximity–proximity to Capitol Hill, that is.
When it opened for business in 1998, its location one mile south of the Capitol complex was considered an advantage–one embraced by corporations, government officials, the military, ENG crews and several law-enforcement agencies.
Last month’s announcement that Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is being permitted to resume its pre-September 11 airline schedule on April 15 underscored the fact that Part 91 and Part 135 on-demand operators are still on the outside looking in, despite efforts by NBAA and others seeking access to the downtown airport.
Flush with the success of the forum and static display held at Chicago DuPage Airport (DPA) in June, NBAA held another such event last month at Fort Worth (Texas) Meacham International Airport (FTW). The terminal there was transformed into a mini convention center, and an estimated 1,500 people attended the one-day event’s forums and training meetings.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last month extended the compliance date for the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP), which will require new security measures for operators of aircraft with an mtow of 12,500 lb or more, and later announced it would also delay the Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP).
On November 5, U.S. voters will determine whether Republicans or Democrats have the majority in the House and Senate, and how this pans out has obvious importance to the Bush Administration. In the Senate, where the Democrats enjoy a one-vote majority, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), who may have aspirations to run for president in 2004, has been a constant thorn in the side of President Bush by holding up progress on a number of bills.
Declaring that “this meeting is not designed to ask for a bailout of the American airline industry,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue said last month at the chamber’s second annual national aviation summit that “we’re simply asking government not to require the airline industry to absorb more than its fair share of the costs associated with the war on terrorism and defense of our homeland.”