Online course a new tool for GA security

December 27, 2007

Online course a new tool for GA security

By AOPA ePublishing staff

General aviation security is one of AOPA's top priorities. To ensure pilots, flight schools, airport tenants, and businesses do their part to secure their aircraft and airports, AOPA teamed with the Transportation Security Administration to develop the new online course, General Aviation Security.

“AOPA and its members take GA security seriously,” said AOPA President Phil Boyer. “We’re working to make sure everyone associated with the industry understands the importance of security and why it is critical that we all play an active role in securing our aircraft and airports.”

About the course

The interactive course is divided into tracks for aircraft owners, renters, flight schools, and FBOs. For flight school and FBO employees, the custom tracks take you through the TSA’s annual recurrent security awareness training.

Adopting principles from AOPA’s Airport Watch program, the course shows you examples of suspicious activity at airports and ways to handle a variety of scenarios.

Because the types of GA airports run the gamut, a one-size-fits-all approach to security doesn’t work. That’s why AOPA’s course contains links to Airport Watch and the TSA’s Airport Security Guidelines. With these resources, you can customize the type of security practices you need to secure your aircraft and airport.

“This online course is a key step toward enhancing GA security,” said Boyer. “But it’s going to take a concerted effort from everyone in the industry to protect their aircraft and airports.”

December 27, 2007