Maintains Program Won't Measurably Improve Security
Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA) told Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) officials at Wednesday's public meeting in
Houston, TX, that the burdensome requirements proposed in the Large
Aircraft Security Program (LASP) will not provide commensurate
security benefits and would severely limit the utility of general
aviation aircraft, causing irreparable harm to the industry.
"During the past eight years, enhancing security has been at the
forefront of the general aviation community," said Bunce. "To date,
our industry has developed and implemented over a dozen mandatory
and voluntary programs based on an assessment of general aviation
vulnerabilities in the broader context of transportation security
Bunce pointed out that the program fails to recognize the
difference between private general aviation operations and
commercial operations. He further explained how for many
private/corporate operations, a cumbersome security program will
not provide measurable improvements in security or risk management.
He emphasized that not addressing these shortcomings will cost our
industry jobs, hurt businesses and has the potential to cut-off
many rural areas from air service all together.
While encouraged by the TSA’s willingness to participate
in public consultation and meetings, GAMA believes the rule’s
potential impact on the GA industry is significant enough to
warrant continued TSA engagement with industry through a security
rulemaking committee. "It is imperative that we have a formal
process in place to address industry’s key concerns and
provide proposals for practical ways of implementing those security
requirements," Bunce said.