April 8, 2009
By Elizabeth A Tennyson
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials met April 6 with AOPA and other general aviation industry representatives to begin talking about concerns and alternatives to the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) proposal.
“This meeting was a good first step toward coming up with more appropriate ways to handle general aviation security concerns,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “But we still have a lot of work to do to come up with a viable solution.”
The initial proposal would have imposed air-carrier-style security restrictions on general aviation aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds. AOPA's discussions with the TSA suggest that there is considerable rethinking under way, and the proposed rule is likely to be reworked in several important areas. AOPA and the other general aviation organizations will stay fully engaged over what is probably a process stretching several months.
Director of Government Affairs and Executive Communications Elizabeth Tennyson joined AOPA in 1998, the same year she earned her private pilot certificate. She also holds an instrument rating and enjoys jumping out of planes almost as much as flying them.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
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