June 8, 2007
If you are returning from a Mexican siesta or Caribbean sojourn, be advised that the U.S. government plans to watch general aviation aircraft more closely.
As part of a broader piece of security legislation, which President Bush signed into law on August 3, is a measure that will require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to determine which aircraft — registered foreign or domestic — flying into the United States must furnish passenger manifests before departure. Currently, aircraft do this upon arrival.
In addition, the new statute calls for the TSA to conduct threat or vulnerability assessments at GA airports and authorize a federal funding program for security improvements at those airports.
"Time after time, government analysis and studies make it clear that there are no specific threats to national security from general aviation," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "However, Congress and the security agencies have requested that additional steps be taken to reduce vulnerabilities as part of the nationwide approach to strengthen security."
These provisions are a part of the 285-page new law.
The association has already been working with the TSA to ensure that its actions implementing the new law do not adversely affect pilots.
August 6, 2007
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Advocacy and Legislation
When President Barack Obama travels to Hawaii for the holidays, a presidential TFR will be in place, but thanks to AOPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, certain accommodations have been made for general aviation operations.
The sponsor of a bill to expand the number of pilots eligible to fly with a driver’s license medical is asking colleagues for their support.
AOPA members are being encouraged to contact their representatives in support of a bill that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.