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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Group Proposes Changes to TSA’s GA Airport Regulations

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in collaboration with other general aviation (GA) organizations has submitted a list of proposed changes to the Transport Security Administration’s (TSA) security regulations for GA airports.

Among the changes include a focus on security guidelines for flight school operations, improved airport fencing and implementation of camera systems that can monitor ground traffic into secure areas.

"There were a variety of factors to consider," explained Doug Carr, vice president for safety, security and regulation at NBAA. "The group spent the past six months reviewing the existing guidelines and making updates that better aligned with current TSA policies and the best practices of GA operators."

TSA is currently reviewing the proposed changes by the GA working group.

NBAA said the GA subgroup of the TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) also recently submitted recommendations to revise the original security guidelines for GA airports established in 2004.

Among the recommendations are voluntary guidelines for GA operators to address recent aviation security concepts and technology enhancements.

"We will continue to review this guidance in the future," said Carr. "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."

NBAA expects TSA to publish an updated security guidelines document for GA airports within the next several months. More

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