What NBC Said About GA Security Last Night | 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

Oshkosh Day One

Oshkosh Day Two

Oshkosh Day Three

Oshkosh Day Four

Oshkosh Day Five

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Oshkosh Day One

Oshkosh Day Two

Oshkosh Day Three

Oshkosh Day Four

Oshkosh Day Five

Tweet Us The Coolest Things You See @OSH16!
#OSH16Coolest!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

Tue, Mar 15, 2005

What NBC Said About GA Security Last Night

More Balanced -- But Still Alarming

Brian Williams, Anchor: Good Evening. Last week, it was a group of pilots. Tonight, it's a newly-disclosed report from the feds. They both say the same things. This long after 9/11, that awful day when terrorists used aircraft as weapons, America still has gaping holes in aviation safety -- even after billions of dollars have been spent. This new report finds weaknesses in commercial and private aviation that a terrorist could exploit. We begin here tonight with NBC's Tom Costello.

Tom Costello, Reporter: At any one time, five- to eight-thousand planes are flying through the nation's airspace -- a tempting target, and still attractive to al Qaeda, according to an FBI-Homeland Security appraisal. While the report contains no new intelligence, it does note, "Commercial airliners are likely to remain a target and a platform for terrorists." Admiral David Stone runs the TSA.

Rear Admiral David Stone (USN, retired), Director, TSA: Very powerful, I think, measures are in place to keep us secure. But this report shows that it's important to keep that sense of urgency.

Costello: Just last week, a scathing security report card issued by the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations, which gave failing grades to screening employees, screening cargo and missile defense. The government disagrees, but aviation security analyst Charles Slepian says the grades are accurate.

Charles Slepian, aviation analyst: The vulnerability is still there and the number one role of vulnerability is an explosive.

Costello: The new FBI/Homeland Security report continues to highlight general aviation as a cause of concern -- that terrorists may choose to rent or steal general aviation aircraft. And the report reiterates what intelligence agencies have already concluded: That al Qaeda has considered the use of helicopters either to launch an attack, or to spread biochemical weapons in the air.

Rep. John Mica (R-FL): There's no question that they're still assessing our vulnerabilities and would look at the weakest link.

Costello: General aviation pilots say their Airport Watch program already has 650,000 pairs of eyes looking for trouble -- and a Cessna isn't much of a threat.

Phil Boyer, President, AOPA: I'm no more concerned that a small aircraft would be used any more than a car, a small pleasure boat or any other form of transportation.

Costello: But security analyst Slepian says, the size of the aircraft isn't the issue.

Slepian: Two hundred pounds of fertilizer in a Cessna, flying into a building, gives us an Oklahoma City situation.

Costello: A worst case scenario and a nation on alert... in the air and on the ground. Tom Costello, NBC News, New York.

FMI: Tom Costello's Report

Advertisement

More News

AutoGyro Introduces Type Certified Gyroplanes In The U.S.

Two Versions Of The Calidus Gyroplane FAA Approved The FAA has type-certified two versions of the German-built Calidus Gyroplane after the recent completion of conformity testing c>[...]

SPA Introduces Their 3.3 Liter Corvair Conversion

'Engine In Box' Option Allows Quicker Competition Times For Builders In the North Aircraft display area, Dan and Rachel Weseman of Sport Performance Aviation LLC debuted their late>[...]

Avidyne Makes Innovative Use Of IFD Series With iPads

Provide Interesting Big Glass Solutions For Both Forward Fit And Retrofit Avidyne is showcasing some innovative ‘Big Glass’ configurations in their booth at Oshkosh thi>[...]

Wipaire Helps ANN Make AirVenture Coverage Happen!

Wipaire Is A Leading Aircraft Service Provider, and the Holder Of Over 100 STCs For over 55 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a full line of aircraft floats for>[...]

Airborne 07.26.16-Oshkosh Day 2: Solar Impulse, Sun Flyer, Stemme S-12

Also: AEA $$Giveaway$$, LAM Aviation, Able Flight, Jack Pelton On Aero-Medical Reform We start our report this morning with something that has very little to do with the EAA AirVen>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

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