Yesterday, at a hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection, general aviation proponents had an opportunity to express their concerns about Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules proposals and security directives.
Despite proposing mandatory equipage with emergency locator transmitters that broadcast on 406 MHz by Feb. 9, 2009, Transport Canada now says it is delaying the move to give its rulemaking technical committee more time to explore alternative means of compliance. The Aircraft Electronics Association said it will have a representative on the committee, who will help ensure that system installation and maintenance issues are properly addressed.
If they didn’t already know it, attendees at the NATA FBO Leadership Conference held last month in Chantilly, Va., learned that fire codes set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) can have a huge effect on the cost of building new hangars. They also learned that even more stringent local fire codes can make hangar construction costs prohibitively expensive.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) appears to be taking seriously the 7,000-plus submitted comments opposing the proposed large aircraft security program (LASP) regulations. John Sammon, TSA assistant administrator for transportation sector network management, soothed attendees at the NATA Air Charter Summit last month when he said, “We rely to a large extent on NATA members for developing operational solutions.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General released a report on “TSA’s Role in General Aviation Security” that concludes: “We determined that general aviation presents only limited and mostly hypothetical threats to security.” The report notes that while the TSA’s Office of Intelligence (OI) “has identified several organizations that have shown an interest in using GA to obtain flight training or to launch attacks…it has
An amendment to the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act approved last week will allow the aviation industry to review and provide input on TSA security proposals. The amendment to H.R.2200 limits the TSA’s ability to use Security Directives to circumvent the normal rulemaking process without taking into account operational impact or economic burden.
So here’s a pop quiz (true or false) for all you aviation enthusiasts:
1. All employees in safety-sensitive positions at U.S. airlines must be drug and alcohol tested.
2. These same employees need 10-year background checks before being hired.
3. Mechanics are considered as occupying safety-sensitive positions.
With an effective deadline of June 1 looming, five trade associations sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking her to withdraw a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) directive that mandates identification badges to gain access to certain parts of airports that serve airlines–regardless of the number and frequency of flights.
A provision that would establish a general aviation working group to advise the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on GA security issues is contained in the TSA Authorization Act expected to pass the House of Representatives before it adjourns tomorrow. The working group will look at security issues for general aviation facilities, including GA aircraft and helicopter operations at general aviation and commercial service airports.
Customers who bring their Cessna Citation to Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, for major maintenance or inspection events can now drop off their jet and fly home in a loaner airplane. Under Sierra’s Fly-Thru maintenance program, Citation operators will be supplied an equivalent airplane or Sierra’s Williams International-powered FJ44 Citation, providing an opportunity to see how the modified version flies.