With the recent publicity about individuals being on the "Do Not Fly List" and receiving Flight Instruction, we want to remind CFIs that they have certain responsibilities to fulfill before instructing a non-US citizen. This notice is to remind Flight Instructors of their responsibilities under the Code of Federal Regulations to notify the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) when providing flight instruction to foreign pilots.
I have never carried my pilot's license in my wallet, but I needed it yesterday. Returning to my plane at San Luis Obispo Airport, I couldn't get back on the tarmac without a driver's license ID and a pilot's license. I said my license was in the plane. They said that TSA would allow them to escort pilots to their planes without verification of license, so I got a ride in a golf cart. San Louis Obispo is Class D. Imagine what you have to do to get back to your plane at SFO.
TSA Planning to Inspect Shops that Repair Jets Thousands of airplane maintenance shops would get increased scrutiny to make sure they are not easy prey for terrorists looking to sabotage U.S. jets during routine repairs, according to a story in USA Today, which notes:
“Some experts and lawmakers have warned for years about potential terrorist saboteurs infiltrating airplane repair shops, and have urged security oversight. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says the greatest danger is posed by repair shops that are on or next to airports because a terrorist could take control of an airplane.”
Editor's Note: It appears that TSA is a bureaucracy which can do anything it wants and that USA Today continues to distort the facts to sell papers.
To read the letter the California Pilots Association sent in response to the TSA's proposed Repair Station Security, known as Docket No. TSA-2004-17131/RINI652-AA38/Aircraft Repair Station Security, click Read More below.
The Transportation Security Administration’s proposal to implement security procedures at FAA-certificated repair stations in the United States and abroad is not feasible, oversteps its bounds, and is redundant, according to AOPA. The association filed comments Feb. 11 regarding the repair station security proposal, recommending that the rule be limited to foreign repair stations. Currently, the proposal would impact 4,227 repair stations in the United States, 3,000 of which are not located on an airport, and another 694 repair facilities abroad. Read more >>
Each time I read of a new security proposal that will impact general aviation, I feel like keying the mic button and saying, “Washington, we have a problem.” You know, just to see if anybody’s listening.
As reported previously by ACI-NA, TSA launched its General Aviation (GA) Vulnerability Assessment Survey earlier this month. Following is a link to the Web site. Although TSA advised that it is still awaiting information on the survey results from its contractor, the Office of General Aviation committed to provide information on the results as soon as it is available.
Anyone who has flown on U.S. or foreign commercial airlines since September 11, 2001 understands, intuitively, that we are all living in a giant insane asylum and that the inmates are fully in charge. Anyone who finds it acceptable that two or three bearded men dressed in Muslim garb should be allowed to pass almost unmolested through a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint, while my 88-year-old mother-in-law is made to raise herself painfully from her wheelchair to undergo a complete body pat-down, including a thorough inspection of the contents of her bra, is certifiably insane. But that is precisely what is happening in airports every day of the week, all across America.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the comment period on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the Aircraft Repair Station Security Program. The comment period will now end on Feb. 19, instead of Jan. 19.
Why should you care? Because what affects your mechanic is going to affect your bottom line.
Don't lose your chance to submit a comment, click here now. Note: Once at the page click on Docket ID: TSA-2004-17131 located near the top of the page.
To read the CALPILOTS response to this ill advised NPRM click read more.
By aviation security expert David Hook, president, Planehook Aviation Services, LLC Remember the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) that the TSA proposed about this same time last year? Well, this time TSA is proposing something similar, but with a twist. The latest proposal has your aircraft mechanic in the agency’s crosshairs... read the rest of story (402 words)