TSA Releases GA Security Guide
After many months of meetings, the Transportation Security Administration has released a set of general aviation airport "security enhancements." This document had the potential of being extremely onerous for GA and all who dwell therein Ö but almost surprisingly, it isnít. "This is not one-size-fits-all," General Aviation Manufacturers Association VP of Government Affairs Brian Riley tells AVweb. "No one set of rules would fit all 5,000 public-use airports, nothing would be broad enough. [The] TSA is allowing airport operators to determine what would be best at their particular facility." What the "Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports" does is give airport managers information about what other airports similar in size and proximity to population centers are doing, and how they can do it, too. The TSA stops short of insisting that these so-called "best practices" be implemented, which is good news for airport managers wondering where money for video surveillance and alarm systems might be found. "We feel the average airport is already doing about 90% of what it should be [doing according to the report]," says Riley.