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

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

AMA Drone Report-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

Airborne-Unmanned
w/AUVSI-Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 10.23.17

AMA 10.19.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

Airborne 10.20.17

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 10.23.17

AMA 10.19.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

Airborne 10.20.17

NEW!!! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview -- YouTube Presentation / Vimeo Presentation

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

AMA Drone Report 10.19.17: Drone/Airliner Midair?, FAA Sued, CNN 107 Waiver

Also: Swedish Drone Ban Lifted, Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo, Drone Shark Detection, Kittyhawk DJI Sync 2.0 Recent reports about a midair collision between a jet and a drone have been>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17: Eagles v Drones, DJI AeroScope, Drone Policy

Also: AeroVironment Award, Washington State Patrol, Altavian Nova UAS, Robotaxis The French Military is training four Golden Eagles to attack drones in flight as a way to defend ag>[...]

RFP: ANN Seeking New Site/Facility For Major Studio Upgrade

It's Official: Aggressive Upgrades For New Airborne Programs WILL Require New Digs It's been in development for years, but we're getting to a point where we think we can pull off s>[...]

Airborne 10.20.17: Santa Monica Setback, Red Bull Aviatrix, C-49 Flies Again

Also: HondaJet World Tour, Barnstorming, SpaceX, Dauntless, Fixed-Wing VTOL, Gravitational-Waves, Swedish Drones The City of Santa Monica may now proceed with shortening the runway>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.23.17)

“The reality is space is becoming a common domain for human endeavor. There were different times in our history where this was predicted, but this is no longer just a predict>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC