Will Require Background Checks For All Based Pilots
Industry sources told the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association this week the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) has issued a security directive that extends
requirements for background checks to be performed on general
aviation pilots based at airports served by airlines.
Pilots who are based at air carrier airports and have not
already had a background check and received an ID badge will have
to do so next year in order to continue to have access to their
airport. Based pilots who have already submitted to the checks will
not be affected.
AOPA notes directive does not change requirements for transient
pilots. Transient pilots flying into air carrier airports will
continue to be subject to the current escorting and monitoring
Currently, most airports do not require these checks because of
a longstanding security policy that excludes general aviation
operations when separated by time and distance from airline
"Pilots have long operated without incident on these airports,
and it is surprising that the TSA appears to have implemented such
a significant new mandate with no notification or discussion," said
Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs.
"It will have a significant impact on pilots and airports in many
small communities across the country."