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New Jersey goes to bat for AOPA's Airport WatchNew Jersey goes to bat for AOPA's Airport Watch

Mr. Jerry Kilby
Atlantic City Municipal Airport
City Hall
Atlantic City, NJ

Dear Mr. Kilby:

I am writing to you today to express support for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's Airport Watch program.

The Airport Watch program is an important national initiative by AOPA and is modeled after highly successful neighborhood watch programs. Through this program, pilots and people working on airports are being educated and mobilized as volunteer "eyes and ears" to improve aviation security.

Airport Watch is a partnership initiative between AOPA and the Transportation Security Administration. AOPA is developing and distributing materials to train pilots to improve their security awareness. The TSA is providing a toll-free hotline and centralized system for reporting and acting on information supplied by general aviation pilots.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with AOPA President Phil Boyer to learn more about the Airport Watch program. To express our support for this program the Division of Aeronautics purchased 200 Airport Watch signs to be distributed at no cost to New Jersey public-use aeronautical facilities. A representative from the Division will deliver several signs to your airport sometime in the near future.

Organizations national supporting Airport Watch include the TSA, FAA, GAMA, CAP, NBAA, NATA, EAA, and NASAO. Your local support of Airport Watch is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Thomas Thatcher CFI, AICP, PP
Director of Aeronautics

May 22, 2003

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