Sat, Mar 21, 2009
Urges Pilot Community To "Rally To Protect Its Interests"
General aviation is under attack on
several fronts in the name of national security, in the words of
the Experimental Aircraft Association.
While the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its
divisions adopt a "whatever it takes" posture, the people who fly
aircraft for fun, education, philanthropy, and business are asking
whether severe restrictions on freedoms are worth marginal
enhancements to security.
"When the cost of lost liberties are combined with the
significant dollars required of aviators and airports to comply
with these initiatives, an unfavorable cost-to-benefit ratio
becomes strikingly evident," EAA states.
"DHS is throwing
several security initiatives at general
aviation at once, challenging aircraft operators not
only to differentiate them but also to understand how they
interrelate. Accordingly, EAA has posted an analysis that sorts out
the issues and identifies common themes."
The combined effect of these initiatives would be stifling to
general aviation, EAA says... adding the possibility exists for new
security requirements that might force aviators to acquire
government approval before each flight in certain general aviation
aircraft; require private citizens to develop and implement costly
security-compliance programs; and hamstring historic aircraft
operations, such as EAA’s B-17 tour.
"Members of EAA’s Regulatory Affairs staff remind EAAers
that these and more consequences could result if the general
aviation community fails to rally to protect its interests," the
group writes. "They encourage you to stay informed, spread the
word, and be prepared to act."
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