Airport Watch Programs
With more than 18,000 general aviation public and private airports across the country, EAA members are uniquely situated to play a major role in the continuing fight against criminal activity on airports by being more vigilant and aware of suspicious activity.
The more than 900 EAA, WOA, IAC, VAA, and UL chapters nationwide provide an additional, very important, grass roots airport security watchdog system on airports to stop criminal activity, including potential terrorism, before it can lead to bigger security problems.
Taking a playbook page from the very successful law enforcement program called Neighborhood Watch EAA has partnered with AOPA and TSA to adopt and promote their programs in order to increase security awareness on airports and among general aviation pilots/enthusiasts.
EAA members and chapters are encouraged to use both programs to devise a chapter and airport security awareness program that best suits your airport and situation.
AOPA Airport Watch Program
On June 25, 2003, then-EAA President Tom Poberezny and AOPA President Phil Boyer produced the EAA Chapters video edition of this successful program. The EAA Chapter office then provided each chapter with a complimentary copy of the joint EAA/AOPA Airport Watch program.
With more than 18,000 landing facilities across the country, the aviation community is uniquely situated to play a major role in the fight against airport criminal activity. The video shows what to look for and how to report it; by calling 9-1-1 in an emergency or through the TSA GA hotline, 866-GA SECURE (866-427-3287).
Chapter leaders are encourage to contact the EAA Chapter office for more information on this critical chapter security program: firstname.lastname@example.org
TSA General Aviation Secure Program
At AirVenture 2010, then-EAA President Tom Poberezny joined DHS Secretary Napolitano and TSA Administrator Pistole to introduce their new general aviation security awareness program called "If You See Something, Say Something."
The campaign, first implemented by the New York City subway system, aims to "raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism, crime, and other threats and emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity" to the proper authorities. The joint introduction marks this successful programs expansion into general aviation and airports.
Just like with the EAA/AOPA Airport Watch Program, If You See Something, Say Something, by calling 9-1-1 and through the TSA GA hotline, 866-GA SECURE (866-427-3287).
Members are encouraged to visit the Federal Pavilion during AirVenture to learn more about the program from members of the TSA General Aviation staff at their booth.