TSA Struggles To Promote 12-5 Program

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Users Get Busy Signals ...

While the final Twelve Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) has promised several benefits, the TSA is concerned that its access may be at issue. The program -- which is accessible at the TSA Web site -- has been available to Part 135 operators for several weeks. Charter operators who requested the TFSSP should have been issued a unique Web ID and password that enables them to download the final program from the TSA Web board. However, the Agency is tracking activity on the Web site and has seen "only a few hundred" downloads of the posted information. The TSA would like to hear if operators' passwords are not working or if operators are having problems downloading the TFSSP. Because it represents the business aviation community, the NBAA has volunteered to act as a liaison between operators and the TSA.

If you are having problems accessing the final TFSSP, contact NBAA at info@nbaa.org or (202) 783-9250. The organization asks that you be prepared to give your company name, address, Part 135 certificate number, contact information and the name of your POI, along with the specific nature of the problem.

... While The April 1 CHRC Deadline Draws Near

In a meeting on Friday, March 7, the TSA advised NBAA that very few operators have begun the fingerprint-based Criminal History Record Check (CHRC). Charter operators who fly aircraft 12,500 pounds or more must comply with the TFSSP, which includes the CHRC, by April 1 or face government intervention. Operators have two methods for collecting and submitting fingerprints for CHRC: either through the NATA Web site or the American Association of Airport Executives Web site. For more information, contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at info@nbaa.org or review fingerprinting guidance on the NBAA Web site.