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.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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