GA Coalition Meets with TSA’s Loy

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, October 17, 2002 – The General Aviation Coalition yesterday met with the Transportation Security Administration’s Acting Under Secretary of Transportation for Security, James M. Loy, in the first of what is expected to be a series of biannual meetings. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is a member of the GA Coalition, a group of associations that attempts to further common goals for the general aviation community.

During the Coalition’s meeting with Loy, the GA community focused its discussion on issues such as temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), airport watch programs, international access, charter flights and flight training.

The Transportation Security Administration has seen that the GA community is willing to help it solve its security challenges,” said NBAA President Jack Olcott. “It is likely that the TSA will focus more heavily on general aviation following the completion of congressional mandates for passenger screening and the use of explosive detection systems.

NBAA represents the aviation interests of more than 7,300 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.

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