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).
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“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.
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that the FAA and DHS databases did not interact as expected when vetting flight training students.
TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the retirement of deputy administrator Gale Rossides last week , effective July 1. Rossides has been with the TSA since its inception 10 years ago and, according to Pistole, “was one of the original six hired in 2001 to build the TSA.” During the TSA’s first years, she built the foundation for the agency’s workforce planning strategy. She later served as senior advisor to the deputy secretary of DHS to assist in the stand-up of the TSA’s parent agency and returned to the TSA in September 2005.
Pilot Kelvin Romello Changur pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Miami on April 25 to falsifying his application for an FAA medical certificate and later attempting to use a U.S. passport containing some of the same false information.
Despite a current mission that calls for preventing terrorism and enhancing security, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proceeding with plans to cut funding in half—from $25.1 million to $12.5 million—for the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program.
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.
After months of talks between House and Senate negotiators over FAA reauthorization, a compromise agreement remains stalled, primarily because of a labor dispute between the major airlines and organized labor. Although both chambers in Congress profess the need for long-term legislation to set the course for agency programs and funding, at press time the issue appeared to be headed into the New Year without resolution.
The long-awaited final rule on aircraft repair station security will not be published until the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Twenty industry leaders sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano asking that the rule, which has been under consideration for eight years, be finalized before the end of 2011.