The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposes to apply commercial air carrier security measures to GA aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, regardless of the type of operation. The proposal is burdensome and costly, calling for crewmember criminal record checks, watch list matching of passenger manifests, biennial third party audits of each aircraft operator, and new airport security requirements.
The proposal fails to recognize the inherent differences that exist between private and commercial aviation and attempts to impose costly and unnecessary security regulations without justification.
The proposed rule will for the first time apply commercial and charter air carrier security requirements to GA. AOPA has concerns with this approach and its implications for GA owners and operators. In particular, the association is concerned with the weight threshold that is used for the basis of the regulations and provisions in the rule that outsource security oversight to a third-party auditor. AOPA does not support the proposal as currently drafted and requests that the TSA reconsider the proposed rules, focusing particularly on whether there are less costly and less intrusive ways to enhance GA security.
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AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.