“Know your enemy,” Dr. Richard Kobetz, executive director of the Executive Protection Institute, told attendees at a two-day corporate aircraft security seminar.
“In the next 60 to 90 days, you’re going to see security in the United States like you’ve never seen before,” said retired U.S. Navy admiral Isaac Richardson in late June. “A portion of the nation’s reappraisal took a very hard look at general aviation…and the threat posed by general aviation aircraft as weapons.”
As he promised in March, Under Secretary of Transportation Security John Magaw is considering applications for a director of general aviation security.
General aviation remains on the outside looking in at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) as federal government security agencies continue to stonewall even limited access to the popular facility by “qualified” GA operators.
Under the first major rulemaking of the DOT’s newly created Transportation Security Administration, scheduled for publication February 22, charter operations in Part 25 aircraft face a slew of new security regulations when passengers or crew are enplaning or deplaning in an airport’s “sterile” area (generally, the airline ramp or terminal and its gates).
The 2003 Budget in Brief is, as the title implies, brief, but its complexity still leads the aviation alphabet groups to cherrypick for comment, while news media reveal their opinions through select editing. Few readers study the original text, yielding conclusions that range from focused to false.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority chose Craig Airport for a Florida Department of Transportation program to test a system that will visually monitor day and night airport operations for security and to enhance airport operations. The Integrated GA Airport Security System (IGASS) uses infrared cameras to detect aircraft movements and monitor perimeter security.
With the U.S. terrorist threat level lowered from orange (high risk) to yellow (elevated risk) on April 17, the question then became when–if ever–will the Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) imposed over Washington, D.C., and New York City be rescinded?
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) published a set of security recommendations for general aviation. The recommendations were written by a NASAO committee composed of the state government aviation directors in nine geographically diverse states.
While the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and NBAA continue to work on a security protocol demonstration at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport–which could become a nationwide blueprint for airport and airspace access–the agency is taking further steps to implement the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP).