Several North Carolina airports have reported aircraft avionics thefts in recent weeks, according to the FAA. The incidents occurred after normal business hours and targeted King- and Garmin-series avionics in aircraft that were tied down outside. "This demonstrates why airport security is not just about terrorism," said Rob Hackman, AOPA director of security and regulatory policy. "AOPA urges pilots to be extra cautious and follow the guidelines in AOPA's Airport Watch Program." Lock your airplane and hangar; look out for suspicious activity at your airport and report it to the AOPA Airport Watch hotline 866/GA-SECUR[E]. If your aircraft is missing equipment, the FAA requests that you contact your local sheriff and Steve Merrit or Tom Freeman at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (919/840-5299).
March 23, 2007