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First Hearing Today on Ill-Advised TSA Proposal

January 6, 2009 — The first of five public hearings on the Transportation Security Administration’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) is being held this morning in White Plains, N.Y., at the Winchester County Airport.  Representatives of EAA and the Warbirds of America are on hand and will report on the proceedings later today.

The meetings will provide an opportunity to speak out on the proposed security program, which has been met with resounding opposition from the general aviation community since its announcement in October. The LASP would impose a wide range of new regulations on Part 91 operations and operators of any aircraft over 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight (MTOW), essentially requiring permission from TSA to operate their own personal aircraft every time they carry passengers. (See EAA’s briefing paper on the LASP.)

“The TSA’s proposal would create a major shift in the role of the federal government regarding the freedom of movement for private U.S. citizens,” said Earl Lawrence, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. “It would, for the first time, require governmental review and authority before a person could operate his/her own personal transportation conveyance. This significant intrusion into the lives of ordinary citizens and vast expansion of governmental authority must not be entered into lightly.”

The deadline for comments is February 27, 2009. (How to comment.)

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