General aviation interests expressed consternation over a May 1 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advisory warning the GA community against planned Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks using “light aircraft,” issued even as new TFRs covering a peripatetic President Bush continue to disrupt day-to-day operations.
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Aside from the cost of military actions against the terrorist factions following the September 11 attacks, the big question is, how the government is going to pay for everything else it wants to do.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is in the process of contacting air taxi operators regulated by the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) to conduct security inspections. TSA principal security inspectors (PSIs) will hold interviews with aircraft operator security coordinators and review the procedures employed to check passengers.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expected to have rules drafted by the end of last month that would allow “qualified” GA operations back into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Pilots and mechanics have been waiting since December for the Transportation Security Administration to act on Congress’ directive to incorporate a plan for giving airmen and mechanics a third-party review option if they lose their license for alleged security reasons. Although there have been no reports of FAA certificates being pulled due to regulations adopted in January 2003, the TSA has decided to suspend enforcing the rule.
After completing the first five-year term as FAA Administrator in history, Jane Garvey will step down on August 4–and there will likely be no deputy waiting in the wings to bridge the gap to her successor. Monte Belger, who has been acting deputy administrator for several years, said he will retire July 31 after more than 30 years with the agency.
The Transportation Security Administration confirmed late last month that it decided to suspend the current “three trip” monthly frequency requirement necessary for operators to qualify for an international fleet waiver. The decision results, in part, from an NBAA meeting with TSA representatives during which they discussed issues associated with the current TSA waiver program.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing rules governing inbound international flights of business jets. At a forum at NBAA’07 yesterday, Rob Rottman, deputy director, transportation and infrastructure in the DHS Office of Policy Development, briefed attendees on the agency’s advance passenger information system (APIS) proposal and requested NBAA members provide comment.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last month issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would require more detailed information about arriving and departing private aircraft and the people on board within a time frame necessary to assess the risks that such flights could pose to national security.
Government officials continue to shine a spotlight on general aviation security. Testifying last week before the House Committee on Homeland Security, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department would soon unveil a plan to tighten security standards for general aviation aircraft (read: business airplanes) entering the country from overseas.