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November 19, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley on Nov. 19 signed an extension for the comment period on the agency’s controversial Large Aircraft Security Program proposal. Pilots and the aviation industry have until Feb. 27, 2009, to consider the implications of the program and submit comments.
AOPA, the National Business Aviation Association, and Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) all requested the extension.
“This proposal is an unprecedented move by the TSA into general aviation, and more time will help pilots understand and provide comments,” said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. “The extension shows that the TSA is sensitive to the aviation community’s concerns.”
AOPA members are extremely concerned about the proposed security program because they fear its scope, which currently only affects aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, will gradually be extended to all general aviation. Serious questions also surround why GA is being considered for these onerous requirements.
The proposal calls for flight crewmember criminal history records checks, watch list matching of passenger manifests, biennial third party audits of each aircraft operator, and new airport security requirements.
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AOPA is asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.
AOPA is looking to the Michigan Senate for “refinement” of proposals amended unfavorably in last-minute House action.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.