The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) once again failed to meet its deadline to finalize the repair station security rule. The agency’s inaction means that the FAA remains under a moratorium on certifying foreign aviation repair stations that has been in place since 2008.
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While the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reviews a draft update of general aviation airport security guidelines, the agency is also running a series of exercises to bolster communications among airports, the local community and operators during times of increased security threats.
In the wake of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showing that foreign flight students can be cleared for flying lessons earlier than they would be cleared to fly commercially on U.S. airlines, the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee has filed a bill to close a loophole in the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).
“The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) has been quite clear…it does not see the need for security rules at contract repair stations,” Edward Wytkind, president of U.S. trade union the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, wrote in a letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Twelve aviation associations have written a joint letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to meet its commitment and complete the rulemaking on repair station security by the fourth quarter.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved a five-year extension of its partnership authorizing National Air Transportation Association Compliance Services (Natacs) to continue as a trusted fingerprint facility to process biological and biometric information for general aviation and commercial aviation worldwide.
The U.S. aviation industry won’t be getting a final rule on the aircraft repair station security issue until the fourth quarter of this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced. The issue dates back to a 2004 public meeting held by the TSA in response to the Vision 100 Century of Aviation Act passed by Congress in 2003.
The DHS made the announcement after 20 industry leaders sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking that the rule, which has been under consideration for eight years, be finalized before the end of last year.
The self-admitted “father” of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is driving another nail in the coffin of his “bastard child.” But this time he has other House chairmen and subcommittee chairmen working with him.
The House Homeland Security Committee was expected to take action last month on the “Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011,” which will establish an industry committee within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to advise the assistant secretary of Homeland Security on aviation security matters.
Jeppesen president and CEO Mark Van Tine in July questioned the Transportation Security Administration’s use of security directives to vastly expand existing security requirements without consideration of the implementation challenges, operational effects and economic burdens these mandates impose on the aviation industry.
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