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Recent Terrorist Activity in Russia Highlights Need For Security Vigilance During Sochi Olympics
Jan. 10, 2013
A recent spate of attacks throughout southwestern Russia, attributed by the Russian government to extremist groups in the North Caucasus region, has underscored the need for security vigilance for those planning to be in Sochi during next month's 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, which run from Feb. 7 to 23. According to Jerri Banks, team manager for the Echo, Large Aircraft and Team Europe teams at Universal Weather and Aviation: "Our primary focus ahead of the games has been with providing our clients with the proper security briefings for the region. Since the attacks, however, many of our clients have inquired about significantly upgraded security arrangements." Read more about increased security ahead of the Sochi Olympics.
NBAA Welcomes House Passage of Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act
Dec. 9, 2013
NBAA welcomed recent passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R.1204, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2013, which would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to permanently establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC), a government/industry group that collaborates on security policies. NBAA strongly supports the legislation as it will as it will codify the existing ASAC (on which NBAA participates), and requires the TSA to consult with the ASAC on aviation security matters. It also requires the ASAC to develop recommendations to improve aviation security when requested to do so by the TSA. Learn more about the bill.
With Social Media, Companies Must Be Mindful of Security, Privacy Issues
August 27, 2013
Companies often focus on social media as a marketing tool, but applications like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter present unique challenges for business aviation, especially to corporate and personal security. Many social media applications let users set security or privacy settings, but these methods might not be 100 percent effective, cautioned Charlie LeBlanc, vice president of security services at FrontierMEDEX and chairman of NBAA's Security Council. "As a society we have become familiar with sharing ourselves on social media and feeling as though we are protected, when in reality it takes a third grader with basic hacking abilities to break through the privacy settings of most social media applications. We have an unfounded presumption of privacy." Read more about privacy in the social media age.
TSA: Murder Suspect May Consider Aviation in Fleeing Law Enforcement
February 11, 2013
The need for continued vigilance in protecting general aviation from security threats has been underscored by the recent release of an advisory from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which called for heightened awareness amidst a comprehensive manhunt for former California police officer and accused killer Christopher Dorner. "It is believed that Dorner received flight training during his time in the U.S. Navy, but the extent of his potential flying skills is unknown," TSA's advisory notes. While there is no specific information at this time that Dorner is considering the use of general aviation to evade law enforcement, TSA requests that operators increased alertness, and refresh their familiarity with existing TSA security guidelines for GA. Read more about the TSA's advisory.
NBAA's Carr to Testify on TSA Screening of Foreign Flight Students
June 22, 2012
NBAA Vice President, Safety, Security, Operations & Regulation Doug Carr will speak on July 18 before the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Transportation Security at a hearing titled "A Decade After 9/11 Could American Flight Schools Still Unknowingly Be Training Terrorists?" Carr will provide industry observations regarding TSA’s work to maintain security over flight schools that train foreign citizens in the United States. NBAA also views the hearing as an opportunity to educate committee lawmakers about the many measures implemented by the general aviation community to harden the industry from terrorist threats, many of which have been the direct result of cooperation between the industry and TSA. Read more about the hearing.
NBAA Welcomes John Halinski's Appointment as TSA Deputy Administrator
June 22, 2012
NBAA welcomes the appointment of John W. Halinski as the new deputy administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), effective July 1. Halinski succeeds Gale Rossides, who is retiring after 34 years in public service, including 10 years at the TSA. Halinski previously served as the TSA's assistant administrator for the Office of Global Strategies, where he worked primarily with foreign countries and international aviation groups to develop security policy. "NBAA has worked with John on several occasions as we've prepared for the high-level security conferences that take place at ICAO and at other international security events, to ensure that the uniqueness of general aviation (GA) in the United States is not lost in the international arena," said Doug Carr, NBAA vice president of safety, security, operations & regulation. Read more about Halinski’s appointment.
TSA Clarifies Operator Security Responsibilities for Federal Office Candidates
March 19, 2011
The TSA has issued guidance for Part 125 and Part 135 certificate holders conducting operations under the Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP) and the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) and carrying candidates for federal elected office. In these cases, the U.S. Secret Service assumes responsibility for all security related to the flight and directs which security measures the operator must follow. To receive a copy of the letter, please contact NBAA's Doug Carr at [email protected].
ICAO Chief Calls ID Theft a Serious Security Challenge
September 19, 2011
When Raymond Benjamin, the secretary general of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization, addressed a recent four-day security summit in Montreal, he noted that while much has been done to harden aviation from security vulnerabilities since the terror attacks of 9/11, one key yet frequently overlooked concern is the threat of identity theft. "We first need to sharpen our focus on preventing identity fraud as we maintain our traditional emphasis on document security," Benjamin told conferees. This edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast has experts' tips for preventing identity theft during travel. Learn more.
State Department Report Reminds Aviation Community of MANPADS Danger
August 15, 2011
While the U.S. government, in cooperation with numerous other nations, has destroyed more than 32,500 Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) in more than 30 countries since 2003, these highly mobile, shoulder-mounted, surface-to-air weapons remain a threat worldwide to aviation interests, according to a new report issued in July by the U.S. State Department entitled, "MANPADS: Combating the Threat to Global Aviation from Man-Portable Air Defense Systems." Learn more.
Mitigating Security Threats for Women at Home, Overseas
June 27, 2011
Have you ever found yourself surrounded by strangers in a strange place, unable to understand the language or the customs? Were you worried about your safety in those surroundings? That is often the case for the increasing number of women on either side of the cockpit door in business aviation. Jo Damato, NBAA's Director of Operations and Educational Development, is out to change that with a webinar scheduled for June 28 entitled "Women's Safety and Security: Threat Mitigation for the Traveling Female." Learn more, or listen to an episode of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast focusing on the issue.