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September 17, 2009
AOPA ePublishing staff
During a Sept. 10 aviation security advisory committee meeting (ASAC), government and industry officials received an update on the proposed Large Aircraft Security Program that was forced back to the drawing board earlier this year.
The Transportation Security Administration is developing a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) for LASP that seeks to enhance general aviation security while incorporating the feedback received from pilots, airport officials, and others during the program’s initial public comment period. The SNPRM will have a 60-day public comment period for the aviation industry to weigh in on with their comments.
AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Craig Spence, who is a member of the ASAC, attended the meeting and is spearheading AOPA’s efforts to ensure that future iterations of the LASP are not overly burdensome and costly to GA pilots.
“We will work with the aviation industry and government officials to make sure the upcoming proposal is not cumbersome for pilots,” Spence said.
During the meeting, the committee also said that it would form a GA subgroup that would focus specifically on security issues facing that segment of aviation. AOPA plans to be actively involved in that group as well.
The ASAC is part of the TSA and is charged with recommending improvements in security methods, equipment, and procedures for civil aviation. The committee has remained dormant for more than three years, and AOPA is encouraged that the TSA has decided to re-engage the group.
Advocacy and Legislation,
Transportation Security Administration,
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.