EAA News - DHS Inspector General: GA Operations Pose No Homeland Security Threat

June 18, 2009 — The current status of general aviation (GA) operations does not present a serious homeland security vulnerability requiring the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to increase regulatory oversight of the industry, according to a report released by The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) this week.

The report, TSA’s Role in General Aviation Security, was drafted at the request of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection, House Committee on Homeland Security. According to the OIG, the study objectives were to identify: TSA security requirements for general aviation airports; threats to general aviation; measures already taken to secure general aviation; steps nonfederal stakeholders have taken to enhance the security of general aviation; and any “incidents of concern” with security at general aviation airports.

The OIG visited a number of large and small, public and privately owned general aviation facilities in metropolitan areas where people could be perceived to be at risk in the event of a terrorist attack launched from the airports. “We determined that general aviation presents only limited and mostly hypothetical threats to security,” the OIG stated. “We also determined that the steps general aviation airport owners and managers have taken to enhance security are positive and effective…coupled with voluntary measures taken by the owners and operators of aircraft based at general aviation sites.”

The report goes on to state that significant regulation of the industry would require considerable federal funding and that no additional regulation is being recommended at this time.

Finally something good out of DHS I can tell you as a private pilot and aircraft owner we have been very worried that the new idiot at DHS was going to try to shut down General Aviation.