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Washington, DC, December 17, 2008 – – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has scheduled five official public hearings in early 2009 for the business aviation community to provide the agency with feedback on its proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP).
“We appreciate this effort by the TSA to hear from the people in our industry whose operations stand to be greatly affected by this proposal,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “NBAA Members have been understandably frustrated by the proposal because it seems to lack a true understanding of how a general aviation airplane fits into a company’s operations and security culture. I strongly encourage anyone able to participate in these meetings to mark their calendars and plan to attend.”
The meetings – which will each begin at 9 a.m. local time (with registration starting at 8 a.m. local time) – will be held at the following locations:
Bolen will attend the meetings in White Plains and Burbank, and NBAA staff will be on-hand at each of the meetings. The Association is exploring the feasibility of whether a recording of one or more meetings would be possible, for later online broadcast to NBAA Members who are unable to attend.
“NBAA has been working in Washington to explain to TSA officials the industry’s concerns about the LASP program,” Bolen continued. “But as with other policy proposals, it is important that input on the TSA plan be provided by our Members, who will be directly impacted by the government’s decisions. It is appropriate that TSA has provided these venues for our Members, and I trust the information provided by our Members will be compelling.”
The TSA unveiled the 260-page LASP on October 9 to strong response from the business aviation community. The plan would cover all Part 91 operations and operators of any aircraft over 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight (MTOW).
The original, 60-day period for comment on the proposal was doubled after NBAA and other industry groups told the TSA that the plan appeared so broad in its potential implications, and raised such a large number of questions, that acquiring a full understanding of the document, and providing a complete response within the traditional 60-day period would not be feasible. Public comment on the proposal must now be received by February 27, 2009.
NBAA continues to provide resources for Members to ensure that their input on the TSA’s proposal is understood by federal security officials. To read NBAA’s analysis of the TSA’s plan, download a copy of the LASP, and access a web site portal for submitting comments, Members should visit NBAA’s online LASP Resources page: http://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/programs/lasp/
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companiesthat rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention,the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.
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