ASN volunteer Elliot Sanders, Ofc. George
Jarvis, Sgt. Hank Acosta, Lt. Allen Chu, Ofc.
Jared Yochim, AOPA VP Airports Bill Dunn
Four officers from the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Police made a special visit to AOPA Expo last week specifically to learn more about AOPA's Airport Watch.
The four are part of the airport police contingent assigned to Van Nuys Airport (VNY), the busiest GA airport in the country. Invited by Elliot Sanders, AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer at VNY, and AOPA Vice President of Airports Bill Dunn, they arrived at AOPA Expo in time to hear the head of the Transportation Security Administration, Admiral David M. Stone, tell members how highly his agency values Airport Watch.
Afterward, the officers met with Dunn to learn more about the program. They indicated they already use the AOPA Airport Watch training video at Van Nuys and were impressed with how the training video presented important and valuable information on identifying suspicious activity. Sanders and Dunn then provided the officers with a tour of the exhibition center and escorted the team to the AOPA Expo static display at Long Beach Airport to help them gain a better understanding of general aviation.
"Airport Watch uses the strength of the pilot community to aid law enforcement in enhancing security at GA airports," said Andy Cebula, AOPA's senior vice president of Government and Technical Affairs. "Hosting the officers from Van Nuys Airport really gave us the chance to show them how the program can be a major asset for them."
October 27, 2004