When a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet Management overran the runway during an aborted takeoff at Teterboro Airport in February, crossed a busy highway and crashed into a warehouse, there was a collective sigh of relief when all eight passengers and the crew emerged with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) boss Kip Hawley told a Senate panel that in addition to general aviation’s voluntary efforts to secure GA, the TSA was doing more screening of pilots and studying the “throw weight” of GA aircraft to determine the potential for causing harm. Currently, aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or more used in scheduled or charter service must operate under the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program.
Congress granted an additional 30 days (to April 1) for federal security agencies to submit a report on actions that would be required to open Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to general aviation. The report was supposed to have been completed by March 1.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Dannelly Field, Montgomery, Ala. The program, being developed under FAR Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected no later than August 27. Comments may be submitted until April 29. For more information, contact the FAA’s Kristi Ashley in Jackson, Miss.; telephone (601) 664-9891.
An FBI/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that made only a few passing references to general aviation aircraft being used by terrorists nevertheless provided fodder for newspapers and broadcast news media for several days last month and prompted general aviation interest groups to activate extensive damage control.
With passage of the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be required to check the names of potential air-charter customers against government terrorist watch lists if an operator requests it. The measure also mandates the issuance of photo pilot certificates that are resistant to tampering.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now expected to issue an informational circular early this spring on security recommendations for general aviation landing facilities. Pam Hamilton, TSA director of aviation initiatives, said the agency hopes to issue the informational circular by March or April, although it could conceivably come sooner.
There are signs of life at Utilicraft Aerospace, which now trades on the stock market as symbol UITA on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board. Utilicraft also announced plans to build a new facility at Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque, N.M. Early last month the company signed a letter of intent for construction of a 55,000-sq-ft facility where it will build the twin-engine FF-1080-300ER.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a revised Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP), effective March 12. According to the National Air Transportation Association, the agency accepted “very few” of the recommendations made by the industry and said it is “disappointed with the TSA’s failure to correct serious concerns with the TFSSP.”
Two fatal business jet accidents in the first two weeks of this year claimed the lives of four pilots. A Cessna 525 operated by Sun Quest Executive Air Charter of Van Nuys, Calif., crashed on January 12 shortly after takeoff from Van Nuys Airport, and a cargo-carrying Learjet 24 operated by Ameristar Jet Charter of Dallas crashed on January 9 on approach to Miguel Hidalgo Airport in Guadalajara, Mexico.