January 14, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
As air carrier airports continue to work through the increased security measures announced by President Barack Obama last week, general aviation seems to have escaped unscathed. The security measures, put into place after the failed airline bombing attempt on Dec. 25, include strengthened terrorist watch lists, whole body imaging, and more.
“AOPA is working closely with the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security to ensure that GA is not adversely affected as the agencies work to increase airport security,” said Craig Spence, AOPA vice president of operations and international affairs. “Although GA played no role in the event, it is not uncommon for GA to be caught up and adversely impacted as airports and the TSA make changes to existing processes and procedures.”
A perfect example of the TSA trying to impose airline-style security procedures on GA was the proposed Large Aircraft Security Program. AOPA joined with other GA associations, pilots, and members of Congress to successfully convince the TSA to reconsider its proposal. The agency has agreed to go back to the drawing board to create a more workable proposal.
“It’s easy for those who do not understand GA to think that we should follow the same security measures as the airlines, and that’s simply not true. Our airports, our aircraft, our operations are drastically different,” Spence said. “We work every day to try to help government officials understand the nature of GA airports and operations and security practices that are already practiced nationwide.”
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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