The job of instituting security procedures will fall primarily on GA itself, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said, because of limited Transportation Security Administration (TSA) resources and the size and diversity of the GA industry and its airport system.
Recent input from NBAA and new ICAO documents help clarify international ELT requirements. Starting this month, commercial air transport operators, including those under Part 135, flying in Europe, Russia and on long-range over-water flights (at least 400 nm offshore) must carry two ELTs capable of transmitting on 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz (ICAO Annex 6, Part 1).
Australia has started a three-year research program to investigate the effectiveness of aerial “bush-fire” suppression. The Bush-fire Cooperative Research Centre (BCRC) will look at factors such as the level of aerial and ground suppression required for a fire suppression job and the upper intensity limit for effective suppression from different resources.
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asserts that certain FAA ATC systems are vulnerable to attack by “disgruntled current or former employees who are familiar with these (proprietary protection) features, nor will they keep out more sophisticated hackers.”
Compared with the mass of modern Bells and Eurocopters that fly for the myriad law enforcement agencies protecting and serving Californians, the air unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) emerges as something of a one-off. In addition to a fleet of 12 AStar B2s, which provide day-to-day support to the officers in the black-and-whites, the largest sheriff’s flight department in the nation also fields four aging ex-U.S.
BroadWare Technologies has been selected to implement a wireless video surveillance platform at Long Beach (Calif.) Airport. The new system will enable three separate Long Beach Airport security operations centers to simultaneously monitor distant sites, including secured airport areas, public parking lots and roadway tunnels.
The FAA issued a notice last month reminding operators that satellite processing of distress signals from 121.5 and 243 MHz emergency locator transmitters is scheduled to end on Feb. 1, 2009. Operators will have to switch to ELTs operating at 406 MHz, which are more reliable and provide search-and-rescue agencies more complete information for detection by satellites.
In an unusual tribute for an unprecedented rescue mission, HAI has chosen to bestow the 2005 Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service to all the companies, organizations and individuals who took part in the monumental rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Erickson Aircrane (Booth No. 1681) recently completed a series of demonstrations for the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LACFD) to illustrate how its Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane can deal with a range of emergency response missions.
Some states have taken a hard line on GA airport security. For example, Alabama has made the TSA voluntary guidelines a state regulation because of an incident in which a drunken teenager stole an airplane, according to NASAO president Henry Ogrodzinski. Public airports that refuse to comply lose their state funding.