October 7, 2002
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) emphasized concerns key to general aviation in Tuesday's hearing held by the House subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security. He directly asked Transportation Security Administration chief John Magaw to describe how TSA's original mission, to ensure safe and efficient transportation systems, will not be lost in the move to the Department of Homeland Security.
Other members of Congress stated their desire that the new Homeland Security Department's efforts remained focused on commercial airline and airport security.
"We are continuing working with TSA, the Department of Transportation, and Congress to be certain sensible precautions for security are devised and implemented without sacrificing the nation's general aviation and transportation needs," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "This is important whether TSA is under Transportation or the new Homeland Defense Department."
Congressional hearings continue on the President's request for centralizing the federal government's security and domestic defense agencies under a new Department of Homeland Defense.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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