Republican congressman John Mica (Fla.) continued his quixotic war with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week when he slammed the agency for failing to show at a hearing last Thursday on universal pilot’s licenses. “I can assure you, we’ll have the TSA testify at some point in the future, maybe in a joint hearing with Homeland Security,” Mica said.
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced in January that the DHS will drop its color-coded threat advisory system.
An article in The Atlantic magazine alleging that general aviation security is lax to nonexistent prompted an outcry from GA organizations last month.
The Transportation Security Administration confirmed to general aviation organizations that a new proposal for GA security will not target small airports. Instead, the plan is expected to concentrate on aircraft.
Nexus Flight Operations Services has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with U.S.-based FAM International to provide its customers with tailored aviation security solutions. With its new operations centers in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Nexus provides a range of flight support capabilities, such as flight dispatch, planning and scheduling for aircraft and crew, trip planning and a global concierge service.
Dart Helicopter Services (DHS), a producer and distributor of more than 3,000 certified helicopter accessories, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Hawker Pacific to establish a stronger DHS presence in the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Hawker Pacific operates facilities in several Asian and Australian locations; Auckland, New Zealand; and Dubai, UAE.
A survey mandated by Congress could lead to a grant program for security enhancements at general aviation airports. But AOPA cautioned the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that the results of the survey should be used for the allocation of funding, not the imposition of requirements.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is interested in making it easier for corporate aircraft to use Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and last month held a security summit with industry associations to discuss the issue. Five NBAA members that have overcome the many obstacles to flying into DCA also attended.
Establishing stronger cyber security must become a top national imperative, according to industry and government cyber security specialists at a recent FAA/Air Traffic Control Association Technical Symposium in Atlantic City who described–in understandably guarded terms–the general approach certain government and industry organizations are taking.
After two previous candidates withdrew their names from consideration, the Transportation Security Administration finally welcomed its new boss on Friday when the Senate confirmed former FBI deputy director John Pistole as TSA administrator. The Department of Homeland Security agency has been without a permanent administrator since President Obama took office.