Wed, Jun 16, 2004
Message To Lawmakers: Don't Mess With GA
AOPA is putting New York State on
notice that the association will oppose ill-considered general
aviation airport security measures now being contemplated by both
the legislature and the executive branch. In a letter to New York
Governor George Pataki, AOPA President Phil Boyer wrote, "We want
to express our deep concern about any security initiatives being
considered for New York's 145 public-use airports.... Our concern
is that the state's action could diffuse federal efforts and be
counterproductive to enhancing security, while at the same time
damaging — perhaps permanently — the state's economy."
That letter reinforces lobbying contacts by Craig Dotlo, AOPA's
regional representative in New York.
New York agencies are considering requiring local airports to
impose and enforce new security rules that would represent costly,
unfunded mandates for the cities and towns operating the airports.
That could stunt economic growth. New York airports generate more
than $35 billion annually and provide jobs for 347,500 New
AOPA reminded New York's governor that the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) did not consider general aviation
airports and aircraft to be threats in and of themselves. TSA also
acknowledged that "one size fits all" security solutions would not
improve aviation security.
Boyer told Pataki that AOPA had taken a proactive, lead role in
protecting the nation's general aviation airports with its $700,000
Airport Watch program. And he noted that working in conjunction
with TSA and other federal agencies, the general aviation industry
had taken numerous steps to enhance GA security.
"AOPA wants to work cooperatively with you, the legislature, and
other state and local officials to ensure that New York's general
aviation airports are the safest, most secure, and productive in
the nation," Boyer concluded.
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