Uncertainties about FAA participation haven’t hampered the abilities of other government agencies to meet with EAA during AirVenture, and Monday offered a good example of that ongoing process when EAA’s Advocacy Team members met with officials from the Transportation Security Administration.
The meeting focused on how best EAA can continue to advocate on behalf of the membership and all general aviation pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts to reduce the existing security protocols imposed on all general aviation activities after 9/11.
EAA Vice President of Industry & Regulatory Affairs Sean Elliott and EAA Advocacy Team members Randy Hansen and Doug Macnair met with TSA Deputy Assistant Administrator Douglas Hofsass and the newest member of the TSA leadership team, Acting General Manager of the GA Division Kerwin P. Wilson, to discuss EAA’s continuing security partnership with the agency.
“We are committed to continuing our partnership with EAA and other general aviation stakeholders in seeking ways to reduce the burdens on the flying public, while ensuring public safety and security needs are met,” Wilson said.
Topics of discussion included revisions to the Large Aircraft Security Program, which are expected to be published for public comment by the end of 2011; reducing the burdens of presidential TFRs—especially with the presidential election period just around the corner; reducing the strict restrictions on GA access to the National Capital Region and greater access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and the “Maryland Three” airports; revisiting the flight-training administrative requirements; and the repair station security program.
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower also recently met with TSA officials in Washington, D.C.
“Rod was very impressed during our visit to TSA,” said Elliott. “He was encouraged by the relationship and collaboration that exists between EAA and TSA.”