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March 12, 2009
By Sarah Brown
The Transportation Security Administration has responded to AOPA’s calls to listen to industry input and has established a stakeholder liaison position dedicated to addressing concerns over recent security measures.
Several recent TSA initiatives—including the Large Aircraft Security Program, a security directive that would require additional screenings for general aviation pilots at commercial airports, and a “playbook” of security procedures that was incorrectly applied to GA operations—have alarmed AOPA members by imposing heavy restrictions on GA. AOPA has been urging the agency to interface with pilots and operators in order to better understand how its policies affect the GA community.
“Establishing a dialogue with stakeholders is crucial,” said Craig Spence, AOPA vice president of aviation security. “We’ve been frustrated about the lack of communication, and this is an important first step in opening the lines of communication so that the TSA can see the impact of its actions on general aviation.”
The TSA plans to provide an e-mail address for communication between the TSA and GA stakeholders, along with coordinated monthly telcons. In addition to providing the TSA with feedback, the liaison could help to lift the veil of secrecy that has hung over many of the TSA’s recent proposals and security measures.
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Advocacy and Legislation
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.