TSA Proposal Ensnares Historic Aircraft
Ford 5-AT Trimotor
October 16, 2008 — EAA is continuing its review of the Transportation Security Administration’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), which would require all U.S. operators of aircraft exceeding 12,500 pounds maximum take-off weight (MTOW) to implement extensive TSA-approved security programs. As noted last week, EAA is concerned about the proposed security measures, which would include fingerprinting and background checks of flight crews; vetting passengers against the government’s terrorist watch lists prior to every flight; and security requirements for airports serving “large” aircraft.
TSA estimates that the proposal would affect more than 15,000 aircraft and more than 10,000 operators. The proposal caused immediate concern to operators of large business aircraft, but what has become increasingly clear is that many historic aircraft familiar to EAA members at air shows and other aviation events around the country would also be subject to the requirements.
EAA is concerned that the new proposals are very likely to impose highly restrictive operating requirements on these aircraft, many of which are flown in tribute to those who fought to secure the very freedoms now being threatened.
Over the past week EAA has begun to compile a list of historic aircraft examples that would fall under the proposed security regulations. EAA will continue to work with EAA Warbirds of America and the Vintage Aircraft Association to review the proposal and develop an appropriate response.