LASP Comment Deadline Is Friday

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The Transportation Security Administration's proposed Large Aircraft Security Program is causing quite a high level of concern among the GA alphabet groups, and this Friday marks the end of the comment period on the proposal. The aviation advocacy groups are asking their members to write in and protest this plan, which they say would impose crushing burdens on GA airports and operators. The program would apply only to aircraft of 12,500 pounds and up, but it would mark the first time for TSA to gain access to purely private flight operations. "It would, in effect, require governmental review and authority before you could operate your own personal vehicle," says EAA. "The TSA's proposal raises serious constitutional questions about personal liberty, privacy, and freedom of movement." The plan would also impact sport aviation, such as skydiving and historic aircraft flights, and EAA says it would be especially onerous in the Alaska aviation community. "What the TSA calls an 'all-encompassing solution' is a legal death sentence to the functional present-day means that provide essential services to most of rural Alaska," one commenter wrote last week.

"I believe that if one segment of general aviation can be unjustly regulated, then any segment can face the imposition of unfair regulatory burdens," said AOPA President Craig Fuller. "So, this fight is one we all have a stake in, regardless of what type of aircraft we fly." Click here to learn more and send your comments. Click here to listen to AVweb's recent interview with EAA's Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations, on this topic.