AOPA Defends GA Against Unfounded Nuclear Plant Fears | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 06.27.16

Airborne 06.28.16

Airborne 06.22.16

Airborne 06.23.16

Airborne 06.24.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 06.27.16

Airborne 06.28.16

Airborne 06.22.16

Airborne 06.23.16

Airborne 06.24.16

AEA2016 LIVE Aero-TV: 04/27-0830ET, 04/28-1400ET, 04/29-1100ET

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Mon, Sep 08, 2003

AOPA Defends GA Against Unfounded Nuclear Plant Fears

Anti-Nukes Will Have To Look Elsewhere For Backing

AOPA last week told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that fears about general aviation raised by two groups opposed to California's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant are unwarranted.

The San Luis Obispo Mothers For Peace and the Union of Concerned Scientists petitioned the NRC for better protection from potential terrorist attacks, including suicide aircraft assaults, at Diablo Canyon. The petition specifically mentioned general aviation.

But in a formal response to the petition, AOPA reiterated that the average GA aircraft is incapable of causing significant damage and that the government and the aviation community have implemented general aviation security enhancements.

"While the terrorist attacks of September 11 were not orchestrated using general aviation aircraft ... the general aviation industry has taken a very proactive approach to security issues," wrote Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of Government and Technical Affairs. He noted the Airport Watch program, created by AOPA in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration; a 12-point security proposal put forth by the General Aviation Coalition, much of which has been adopted by the FAA and TSA into federal security procedures; and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association efforts with the US Treasury Department to flag suspicious aircraft purchases.

As for any actual threat posed by light GA aircraft, Cebula referred the NRC to an AOPA-commissioned independent study, "Nuclear Security — General Aviation is not a Threat," conducted by Robert Jefferson, an internationally recognized nuclear safety and security expert. In his report, Jefferson concluded that GA aircraft could not penetrate the reactor containment building, an explosive-laden GA aircraft could not cause a release of radiation, and a small aircraft attack on auxiliary buildings would not cause a safety failure.

AOPA told the NRC that the petition by the two groups ignores the very basic physical differences between a small 1,200-pound general aviation aircraft and a 200,000-pound airliner.

Said Cebula about the petition, "Mothers For Peace and the Union of Concerned Scientists may be sincere in their concerns about safety at nuclear power plants, but dragging general aviation into the argument just doesn't make sense and does nothing to support their claims."

FMI: www.aopa.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 06.24.16: ADS-B Analysis, NavWorx Price Drop, ALPA v Transport Canada

Also: Porker Of The Month, Aviation BBB?, Super Puma, AirVenture Events, FedEx 767s, Solar Impulse, Sikorsky Flight Safety Foundation has released the study "Benefits Analysis of S>[...]

Commercial Drone Use For Real Estate Set To Grow With Release Of FAA Rule

Realtors Enthusiastic About Use Of Aircraft For Marketing Commercial drone use in the real estate business got a boost Tuesday with the release of the FAA's final rule governing sm>[...]

Barnstorming: Innovation, Disruption and Changing the Game

Getting A Running Start On Recreating the Aviation Industry One of the most active discussion topics I’ve engaged in, of late, is just what individual game-changing steps or >[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.27.16)

"We have to learn to come together, to support each other, to make each other flyer’s problems our own and to realize that we, as a community, are an extraordinary group of h>[...]

Klyde Morris (06.27.16)

Klyde Appreciates The Blue Origin Approach FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC