GA Advocates Suggest Changes To TSA Security Guidelines

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After six months of study, a group of representatives from 16 general aviation organizations has submitted a list of proposed revisions to guidelines for GA airports that were published in 2004 by the TSA. The aim of the review, said Doug Carr of the National Business Aviation Association, was "to ensure that the interests and concerns of general aviation and business aviation pilots remain adequately addressed in our shared goal with TSA to improve security at general aviation facilities." The group reviewed topics such as security for flight-school operations, improved airport fencing, and the use of gated access and closed-circuit television feeds to monitor ground traffic into secure areas.

The changes suggested by the working group are now under review by the TSA, with the final version of the revised guidelines expected to be published in a few months. Carr also noted that in recent years the TSA has placed greater emphasis on security procedures at FBOs, such as security screening and the issuance of personnel badges for GA pilots operating at airports with commercial airline service. Adherence to the TSA guidelines is voluntary.