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.
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A federal agency chartered to secure national borders has been working inland, targeting general aviation with no clear authority.
The board of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority will wait 120 days before making a final decision to close Braden Airport, citing community concerns.
Sometimes in politics, the good news is that bad news won’t happen. Thanks to AOPA, antique aircraft collectors and aviation employers in Louisiana dodged legislative bullets that would have raised the costs of aircraft ownership or of doing business.