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June 25, 2010
AOPA ePublishing staff
The Senate voted unanimously June 25 to confirm the nomination of FBI Deputy Director John Pistole to head the Transportation Security Administration.
Pistole will join the TSA from a 27-year career in the FBI, which included positions dealing with counterterrorism and security. The agency has been operating under the temporary leadership of acting administrator Gale Rossides.
“The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association welcomes the confirmation of John Pistole as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, a post that has been vacant for far too long,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “Mr. Pistole’s law enforcement background as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is impressive. We look forward to working with him on issues affecting general aviation, such as the Large Aircraft Security Program, once he officially assumes the role of administrator.”
The head of the TSA determines the agency’s approach to security issues, including general aviation security, but the post has been vacant for one and a half years. Pistole is President Barack Obama’s third nominee for the spot; Los Angeles airport police official Erroll Southers and retired Maj. Gen. Robert Harding withdrew their nominations.
Advocacy and Legislation,
Transportation Security Administration,
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.