The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has urged aircraft and airport owners and operators to be very vigilant in the wake of an apparent terrorist threat to business aircraft.
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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.
A homeland security spending bill includes language directing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work with industry to expand the transportation security administration access certificate (TSAAC), a voluntary general aviation security program. The bill instructs the agency to report to Congress in January on plans to enhance TSAAC.
At a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee last month, representatives of general aviation organizations spelled out the measures GA has taken to improve security since 9/11.
The long-awaited reopening of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to some general aviation aircraft now appears imminent with the Trans- portation Security Administration’s release of an interim final rule last month.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added three more airports to the list of “gateway” airports that qualified general aviation operators can use to get a pre-clearance to fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
To receive final clearance for a flight into DCA, operators must make their last departure before DCA from an FBO that holds a TSA security authorization at a gateway airport.
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