Editor's Log

November 2008 Issue

Unbelievable

It took awhile, but the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) finally is getting around to doing for non-commercial aviation what itís done for the airlines. In early October, the TSA proposed a new set of security regulations targeting privately operated (i.e., Part 91) large airplanes, those with a maximum gross takeoff weight greater than 12,500 pounds. Itís part of the agencyís proposed new large aircraft standard security program, or LASSP, which attempts to consolidate overlapping rules and create new ones. The TSA "anticipates that this proposed rule would require approximately 10,000 aircraft operators and 315 airport operators, most of whom are not currently required to do so, to implement security programs." While we have no way to know, we think thatís underestimated. And we doubt the TSA knows, either.

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