July 7, 2003
Admiral James Loy, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), says his agency and the FAA are taking another look at more than a dozen temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) set up in the name of national security shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks. That follows an AOPA request.
In a June 26 letter, Loy said the two agencies are "conducting a thorough audit" of the 16 TFRs AOPA asked be rescinded "to ensure that they are protecting the public in an efficient, cost-effective manner." AOPA had argued that, with the end of the war in Iraq and the phase-out of Operation Liberty Shield, they were no longer necessary.
"Admiral Loy has shown a real willingness to listen to the concerns of general aviation," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "We don't always get what we want, but Admiral Loy always gives us due consideration."
Two of the 16 have already been rescinded (Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, Mo., and Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas), along with a third that was not on AOPA's original list, in the Class E airspace over Valdez, Alaska.
In his letter to Boyer, Loy said, "Let me assure you that the TSA is aware of the distinct needs of general aviation owners and operators." And he says his agency is willing "to work with general aviation owners, operators, and associations to ensure that aviation security standards respond to the special needs of the general aviation industry."
The letter notes that the audits are continuing. "We'll keep you posted," Loy added in a handwritten note at the bottom.
"We look forward to TSA's findings," said Boyer. "But more than that, we look forward to the day when these near-permanent restrictions are finally rescinded."
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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