October 2010

GREETINGS! First, Here is an update from Washington, D.C. The FAA announced that it will merge information collected through voluntary safety programs for both pilots and air traffic controllers to "help guide safety decisions." The FAA is billing the merge as a "data-sharing program" that will collect information from existing Aviation Safety Program (ASAP) and the Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP). It will then use both perspectives to assess and review safety events. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt calls the merger "revolutionary" in its ability to provide "an incredible amount of data," help the agency identify trouble spots within the aviation system, and "make corrections and avoid incidents." The FAA says it will develop policies and processes to make sure information is analyzed and applied in a non-punitive way.

Both ASAP and ATSAP encourage employees to voluntarily report information relevant to accident aversion by identifying potential precursors to accidents. The FAA encourages carriers to involve themselves in the ASAP program. To date, some 73 carriers have taken them up on the offer. Those carriers that participate encourage their pilots to involve themselves, too, but participation is optional for both carriers and pilots. The ATSAP program similarly aims to cultivate a "voluntary cooperative and non-punitive environment" for controllers to report their safety concerns. The FAA says it acts proactively on information received from both programs. The agency believes merging the two programs will provide a more well-rounded picture of problems in the national airspace system.

Secondly, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is streamlining the process for prescreening passengers and crews departing/arriving into the U.S. on non-U.S. registered general aviation aircraft. DHS will permit pilots and operators of general aviation flights to submit a single manifest to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Electronic Advance Passenger Information System. Previously, non-U.S.-registered aircraft needed to obtain an international waiver.

The DHS Agency also unveils a new "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign to encourage general aviation passengers and crew to report potential security threats. DHS asks pilots to use the TSA hotline to report threats 866-GA-SECURE.

Missouri House of Representatives
95th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session (2010)
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Remember, that as members of USPA, MPA, TPA, TXAA, NMPA, NPA, IPA, EAA, AOPA, or other pilot associations of which you may be a member, we have a powerful voice, in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, or whatever state you may represent. Every group of taxpayers and pilots carries a strong voice to Washington, D.C., as well as at the state and local level.
We need to learn how to use our voices, and speak up for general aviation.

So Let's not forget to exercise our privileges, and continue to make a "Difference for General Aviation."


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