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EAA Meets With Other Security Stakeholders

March 15, 2010The general aviation (GA) working group of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) met for the first time last week in Washington, D.C., to begin examining GA security with the goal of providing recommendations to the ASAC and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). EAA and other aviation groups attended the meeting, with Brian DeLauter, TSA general manager for GA and an AirVenture 2009 attendee, leading the discussion.

Five main areas of concern were identified by the stakeholders:

    1) Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs)
    2) GA incident management
    3) Interagency communication (especially regarding Customs and Border Protection)
    4) GA grant program
    5) GA credentials and access to airports.

Because of legal constraints, specifically with the formal rulemaking process, this working group cannot discuss TSA’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), a revised version of which is expected to be released later this year as a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM).

After these focus areas were identified, the group broke into smaller task groups to discuss each issue. Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations, participated in the “GA credentials and access to airports” discussion. Each focus group has been charged with developing a white paper, including recommendations to improve or create processes.

The smaller task groups will work collaboratively in the coming weeks to develop white papers and recommendations. The larger working group is slated to meet every six months.

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