LASP Comment Period Drawing to a Close
February 12, 2009 — We’re coming down to the wire - there are only two weeks left to submit a comment on the Transportation Security Administration’s Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) before the February 27 deadline. If the program becomes reality, general aviation aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or more will be subject to a host of costly and onerous burdens that EAA and virtually the entire aviation community view as unnecessary. That was especially evident in the five public hearings TSA held throughout the country, at which not one person spoke in favor of the LASP.
The LASP would adversely affect not only business aviation, but also operators of many historic aircraft and larger, personal use aircraft - regardless of their mission. What’s more, many see the proposed security program as an infringement upon Americans’ freedom of movement that eventually would trickle down to all of aviation. So everyone who loves aviation and the freedom of flight should be concerned.
In a letter to the TSA last week, EAA and three other leading GA organizations requested that TSA form a rulemaking committee made up of stakeholders to develop sensible and implementable security measures. TSA’s plan to impose commercial air carrier security regulations on GA will do little to improve general aviation security and will have disastrous consequences on the industry.
For guidance on submitting comments, please visit the EAA Government Affairs website.