The Transportation Security Administration is revising its “Operation Playbook” security program, which seeks to work with airline airports used by general aviation operators to develop a security protocol that keeps terrorists guessing at security tactics. The Playbook was introduced as a pilot program last year, but industry concerns about questionable TSA inspections at FBOs led to the TSA updating the program.
Now that the former Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone–renamed the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Special Flight Rules Area–has become permanent, general aviation can turn its eyes to other security actions.
The Transportation Security Administration’s Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) proposal has received criticism from industry groups and operators of helicopters weighing more than 12,500 pounds. Operators have called the proposal “oppressive” and have expressed concern about the future of general aviation security.
Transportation Security Administration officials conducted unauthorized screening of passengers and flight crew at FBOs at Nashville International Airport in December and January, according to NBAA. The screening included checking “a number of pilots and passengers with wands and actual baggage searches,” NBAA vice president of safety, security and regulation Doug Carr noted in an e-mail to members.
Many respondents expressed concern that the proposed rule would kill the popular airshow passenger flights in World War II-era B-17s, B-24s and other large warbirds. Other comments addressed charitable activities, such as those of the Corporate Angel Network, where checking no-fly lists might impose unacceptable delays in approving the carriage of a sick child.
Comments submitted to the Transportation Security Administration about the proposal to enact rules mandating new security processes for aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of more than 12,500 pounds are universally against the regulations.
The TSA today published the large aircraft security program notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, opening the 60-day comment period on the NPRM.
With official publication of the Transportation Security Administration’s notice of proposed rulemaking on its Large Aircraft Security Program slated for today, Michal Morgan, general manager of the agency’s general aviation branch, said she is looking forward to receiving comments and suggestions from th
There are many questions about how the TSA will enforce the proposed Large Aircraft Security Program regulations and how the agency will know if someone isn’t complying. Will a government official, for example, approach an operator and ask if he has complied with the TSA regulations before takeoff? Will there be a box on the flight plan form? Will air traffic controllers ask for TSA clearances?
Here is how one charter operator describes complying with the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program, which shares many elements with the TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program. Note that under the proposed rule, operators will not have access
to the no-fly list but will have to pay a third-party provider to check passenger names against the list.