Tue, Aug 10, 2004
Says Nuke Plants Are Safe From GA Aircraft Attacks
Nuclear power plants aren't in
danger from general aviation aircraft and don't need additional
airspace restrictions for their protection, AOPA President Phil
Boyer told Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell.
In an August 4 letter responding to Rell's calls for such
restrictions, Boyer pointed out that Homeland Security Secretary
Tom Ridge has repeatedly reviewed concerns about the safety of
nuclear power facilities and determined that airspace restrictions
are unnecessary and inappropriate. Boyer added that studies by
independent nuclear engineers also have concluded that GA aircraft
don't pose a significant threat.
"AOPA believes that general aviation aircraft do not pose a risk
to nuclear power plant safety and that it is inappropriate for the
federal government to institute airspace restrictions or allow the
closing of vital general aviation airspace or airports in proximity
to them," Boyer wrote.
"While general aviation does not pose a threat, the FAA has
issued an advisory to pilots to avoid circling or loitering over
power plants," he added. "AOPA supports this advisory and
encourages pilots to fly responsibly."
Boyer also noted that in the years since the terrorist attacks
of September 11, 2001, federal officials have taken numerous steps
to enhance aviation security and that AOPA has led the way in
protecting the general aviation infrastructure with its Airport
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