Air taxi operators are caught in a conundrum. Comments are due August 19 on the Transportation Security Administration’s draft standard security program (TFSSP) for air-taxi aircraft with a mtow of 12,500 lb or more (not more than 12,500 lb, as defined by FAR Part 25). However, obtaining a copy of the proposed TFSSP is not easy or quick.
By mid-June the national wildfire situation was speeding past all-time record proportions in nearly every category. According to a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, the total acreage burned so far this year is nearly double the 10-year annual average (861,786 acres) at 1,546,742 acres. “This is the driest much of the West, especially Colorado, has been in the last 50 years,” she said.
Growing interest from helicopter operators wanting to use night-vision goggles (NVGs) is spurring demand for better training as well. Feedback from long-time NVG users demonstrated that they improve safety, but lessons from the field also highlight the need to use the technology with caution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a pilot project in cooperation with Signature Flight Support at Anchorage, Alaska, and Shannon, Ireland, to scan general aviation aircraft for potential nuclear hazards as they enter the U.S.
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.
Philip Spayd, Northeast regional director for U.S. Customs, has high hopes for the success of the sweeping new Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He recently told the Connecticut Business Aviation Group, “Keep your eye on it. It’s going to move fast and it is going to affect you.”
Weather satellites equipped to detect emergency locator transmitters helped rescue an estimated 1,500 sailors, hikers, downed pilots and others around the world last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its satellites, along with Russia’s Cospas satellites, form an international search-and-rescue system. NOAA said the 171 U.S.
Like many a “Washington hand” leaving a position, the Air Transport Association’s Carol Hallett was more forthcoming in her comments to the Washington Aero Club than she might have been in the past.
Although the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is among the 22 separate government agencies that will become part of the new Department of Homeland Security, the TSA is expected to remain intact for at least two years.
Aviation Technologies has created what it believes is a solution to the time-consuming process of checking air passenger and employee names against Transportation Security Administration (TSA) “no-fly” and “selectee no-fly cleared” and “selectee cleared” watch-lists. Those lists now total more than 120,000 people, most of whom are barred from flying or for whom additional security measures are necessary.