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GA Security Remains a Top Priority for Aviation Security Officials

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are reviewing new security protocols for general aviation (GA). What can the industry do to reduce its exposure to threats and maximize the flexibility required for operational missions?

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, NBAA’s staff has continually met and worked with federal security officials on a number of security policies and initiatives for business aviation. The Association has reminded government officials that the industry has voluntarily adopted many measures since 9/11 to ensure that GA is hardened against terrorist threats. Most importantly, NBAA has articulated the unique needs and challenges of business aviation operations, telling regulators that a one-size-fits-all policy for GA security would be ineffective and likely unworkable.

This year, the TSA could release a number of programs designed to enhance security for business aviation operations. While the TSA programs could include both regulatory mandates and advisory guidance, it is important to note that the industry and NBAA will have an opportunity to provide feedback before any requirements are finalized. NBAA will ensure that the Membership receives sufficient notice to provide constructive feedback.


“ This year, the TSA could release a number of programs designed to enhance security for business aviation operations. ”

NBAA’s staff has worked constantly since 9/11 to help federal security officials understand the unique nature of business aviation, so that any new security protocols will not merely be an adaptation of airline security programs, but will be tailored to the specific needs of the GA community. Additionally, NBAA has underscored the need for flexibility in complying with any new requirements.

In the meantime, NBAA offers many resources for Members interested in following industry best practices.

The Association’s Security web site at www.nbaa.org/ops/security is devoted to best practices, frequently asked questions and various federal and industry security initiatives. A link to NBAA’s directory of security services vendors also is provided on that site. To access NBAA’s list of frequently asked questions on business aviation security, visit www.nbaa.org/ops/faq.