...While Industry Does Its Part For Security

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Industry-driven initiatives continue to bolster GA security efforts and a voluntary registry of business aircraft and personnel won some endorsement from the Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee. In a release, the National Business Aviation Association said the committee encouraged the Transportation Security Administration to "continue moving forward on development of the Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC)." Under the program, business aircraft operators voluntarily submit to background checks of flight and ground staff, inspect baggage and screen passengers. There are currently 24 business aircraft companies at three New York-area airports involved in a trial of the program and there are plans to expand it. "The legislative action taken by Congress is a good step forward in making TSAAC a reality for the business aviation community and further enhancing national aviation security," said NBAA President Ed Bolen.