…Citing Bright Spot Of Industry Participation…


One thing that the TSA seems to be doing right is building productive partnerships with the industry. AOPA‘s Airport Watch program, launched jointly with the TSA, was cited in the report, as well as programs of the National Business Aviation Association and the National Agricultural Aircraft Association. “This new GAO report confirms and adds validity to what AOPA and the GA industry have been saying ever since the Sept. 11 attacks,” said AOPA President Phil Boyer, in a statement issued Tuesday. “General aviation airports are so many and so varied that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ security plan is just not feasible.” AOPA also said it was pleased that the report recognizes the limited threat posed by small GA aircraft, due to their minimal destructive power.