AOPA has asked Connecticut airport operators to promote general aviation airport security throughout the state by using AOPA's Airport Watch program. This is part of an effort to increase security awareness at airports and supports recommendations from Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell's Governor's Aviation Task Force that examined GA airport security. The Transportation Security Administration has worked with the task force to request that security self-assessments be conducted at each airport.
"An important part of general aviation security is for each airport to have a community awareness effort," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Please help by promoting participation in Airport Watch at your airport. In doing so, you can help protect your airport, your community, and our country."
The program is designed to protect the more than 18,000 GA airports across the country. AOPA has provided each operator with Airport Watch educational materials, including a video, brochure, posters, and signs.
Operators are encouraged to have based pilots watch the video to see how Airport Watch works and help get it up and running at their airport.
AOPA also is sending a large Airport Watch sign to each airport for display in a prominent location. This sign stands as a symbol that the airport is well protected by pilots who are vigilantly looking out for suspicious activity.
Last month, AOPA and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security sent a letter reminding pilots in the state to make sure unattended aircraft are secured and asking them to use the Airport Watch program.
October 12, 2005