Oct. 2, 2019

Sarah Wolf

Sarah Wolf, NBAA’s senior manager of security and facilitation, will represent general aviation on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) for the next two years.

Appointed by TSA Administrator David Pekoske, she’s been working with the committee since 2014 when she became a subject-matter expert to the general aviation working group.

Established in 1989, the ASAC advises the TSA administrator on the development, refinement and implementation of aviation security programs, rulemaking and security directives. Wolf will be one of 30 committee members, each of whom represents the aviation communities affected by aviation security requirements.

“NBAA’s role on this committee allows us to help influence policy so it reflects the concerns and capabilities of business aviation,” Wolf said. “Also, it allows us to collect information that can be shared with members to improve the security of their operations.”

The ASAC focuses on security trends that affect the TSA, said Wolf, including the continuous threat of adversaries, as well as insider threats posed by those employed in aviation, emerging technologies and cyber threats. Wolf would like to bring its attention to other issues important to general aviation, such as making sure business aviation is not unintentionally swept up in security programs that aren’t applicable to its operations and the continuing effort to gain access to TFRs.

In addition to advising the administrator, it publishes reports like 2017’s “Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Operators and Users.” As a subject-matter expert, Wolf contributed to the aviation security concepts, technology, and enhancements it addresses, including a method of determining when and where they are appropriate.