Comments on the Transportation Security Administration’s Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP), which details the proposed requirements to comply with the TSA’s security program mandate for Part 135 airplanes with an mtow of 12,500 lb or more, were due August 19, but that deadline likely will be extended to at least September 19.
A new Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requirement for the electronic transmission of passenger and crew manifests for both inbound and outbound flights on commercial aircraft was to have gone into effect on January 1. But the INS has delayed imposing fines for not complying with the advance passenger information system (APIS) to give the agency and U.S.
“After May 1 operators not meeting the full requirements of the [twelve-five and private charter security] rules will be considered to be in noncompliance,” the Transportation Security Administration said in a notice last month. The TSA delayed the April 1 enforcement date after it conceded that some operators were having undue difficulty meeting the fingerprint requirement of the criminal-history record checks for their flight crews.
A new U.S. anti-terrorism rule that would have required computer-coded passports for certain foreign nationals entering the U.S. has been put on hold for 12 months. The regulation, to have taken effect on October 1, applies to 27 U.S. trading partner countries whose citizens are not currently required to have a visa to enter the U.S.
Government officials continue to shine a spotlight on general aviation security. Testifying last week before the House Committee on Homeland Security, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department would soon unveil a plan to tighten security standards for general aviation aircraft (read: business airplanes) entering the country from overseas.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends that airport and FBO operators read its new guidance document, “Enhanced Fuel Farm/Fuel Storage Facility Security Measures and Fuel Vehicle Access Procedures.” The two-page document is available on the National Air Transportation Association Web site (www.nata.aero).
A reminder that Customs & Border Protection regulations for transmission of crew and passenger information for commercial operators will be changing on Monday (June 6).
NBAA and AOPA said that the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that became effective January 23 this year and required air travelers to carry a passport to fly back into the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda was relaxed somewhat last month. Pilots or passengers caught in the midst of the overburdened process of applying for a passport can now simply provide proof that they have done so.
Rules that will enable some general aviation operators to resume operations at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) were released last Friday and will go into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, likely sometime this week. The interim final rule applies to all passenger aircraft operations into or out of DCA, except domestic and foreign airlines.
Flight crews and their passengers will be affected by a proposal from the Departments of State and Homeland Security to require a U.S. or foreign passport or other “accepted secure document” when traveling between the U.S. and other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Currently, U.S. citizens in most cases need to show only drivers’ licenses to reenter the U.S. from Mexico, Canada and other countries in the Western Hemisphere.