Hi folks. I don't know how many of you are pilots like I am, but
if you are, you likely have not heard of this latest
infringement on our liberties by the FAA. I received the notice
from a friend, and it IS for real. The EAA and AOPA has sprung
into action. It's another case of the government trying to slip
in under the radar to burn us. This could be the death knell for
I wanted to let you all know of a very disturbing TSA
Security Directive (SD) that is being implemented under the
radar that affects ALL U.S. airports with commercial Part 121
scheduled airline service.
This is reality folks, and
several of us here in good ol' western Colorado attended a
meeting with TSA personnel tonight in Montrose MTJ and confirmed
this shocking news firsthand.
This SD would require that
every person who steps foot in the airport operations area be
screened for security clearance and badged before being allowed
to have access on the ramp. If you are not badged, then you must
wait to be escorted by a badged representative and escorted off
This means that if you are flying into GJT, you
would have to wait in your cockpit until someone escorted you
directly to the FBO. That means no more self-serve fueling
opportunities unless someone is there to meet you, no more
mingling on the ramp and talking to your buddies no more
However, here is the kicker - Let's say you go
through this security clearance at your local airport (a $175
fee at GJT) and want to fly anywhere else and land at an airport
with scheduled commercial airline service i.e. Montrose, Vail,
Telluride, Loveland, Long Beach, Ontario, Santa Ana etc. you
will have to be badged at EACH airport! The way the SD is
written now (and is effective April 23, 2009) there is no
provision for a standardized security learance. Each airport
operates independently of every other airport!!!!!! This is
complete madness. This will drive the nail in the coffin of GA,
and combined with the TSA Large Aircraft Security Proposal
(LASP) would virtually destroy the freedoms that all of us have
known our entire aviation careers!
AOPA was not aware of
this until last week, NBAA, NATA, EAA are caught off guard. You
need to understand what this will do to our industry.
TSA personnel are not even allowing us to view this 14 page
directive because it is deemed sensitive to "national security".
Our freedoms are being stripped away right before our eyes.
As soon as we can get our hands on this document we will
make it public to everyone in the aviation community. Please
take the time to question your local TSA representatives about
this proposal and get involved.
If this thing is
implemented, just think how long it will take to be a
requirement of EVERY airport in the U.S. If there was ever a
time for action, this is it.