AOPA recommended that the FAA revise its draft advisory circular (AC) on airport master plans to recognize the differences in required security levels for large commercial service airports and smaller general aviation airports. The AC suggests that all airports should be completely fenced with access controls and ID checks. "In this age of reduced monies available for airport development...mandatory fencing at all airports would not be cost effective and would provide little added security for the massive investment," AOPA wrote. The association suggested that the FAA incorporate the TSA's " Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports" into the AC.
In addition, AOPA applauded the FAA's recognition that non-compatible land use around airports is a growing threat, and that land use must be part of the airport master plan process. The association also endorsed public involvement during the development of the airport master plan.
June 9, 2005