Opportunity to improve TSA regulations

Have you ever wished that you could change the regulations regarding aviation security? If so, now’s your chance.

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Keeping the skies safe as UAV testing begins

I’m not against UAVs. What I am against is fencing off parts of the sky from the flyers who were here first in the interest of UAV testing. I’m also not for rolling the dice with the lives of fellow aviators and their passengers.

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UAVs and sliced airspace

The time is approaching when manned aircraft will be sharing the skies with unmanned drones on a regular basis in the United States.

Late last year the FAA named six UAV operators to test unmanned aircraft flying in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). The testing sites and ranges have not been made final. General aviators should pay particular attention to where these ranges are being proposed.

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New TSA regulation: Aircraft repair station security

Earlier this week the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published its final rule concerning security for aircraft repair stations.

This final rule, which creates 49 CFR Part 1554—Aircraft Repair Station Security, deals specifically with FAA-certified Part 145 aircraft repair stations. Conspicuously missing from the final rule are many of the expensive unfunded security mandates originally proposed, such as ID badges, perimeter fences, and mandatory training.

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UAV eyes in the Open Sky

Do you like taking photos from your airplane? Most flyers do, even if it’s only every once in a while. You should be aware of a legislative slippery slope that’s developing.

Unmanned aircraft are currently in the crosshairs of legislators at varying levels of government. At issue is the ability of UAVs to conduct and record aerial surveillance over private property, an act which many consider a violation of personal privacy.

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Warrantless searches without consent: Now what?

Over the past month I’ve received more than 500 emails requesting I DO NOT CONSENT TO SEARCH stickers. The most common follow-on question I’ve received is: “If law enforcement doesn’t have a warrant to search my aircraft and I tell them that I do not consent to searches, but they search my aircraft anyway, what can I do about it?”

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Independence Day and the Freedom to Fly

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” Edward R. Murrow

I want to thank the hundreds of flyers who took me up on my offer for the DO NOT CONSENT TO SEARCHES stickers. There are now thousands of those stickers affixed to their new homes, plying the national air space or parked on ramps and in hangars across our United States of America.

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I do not consent to searches

When did American citizens give up Fourth Amendment rights just because they became pilots?

Over the past year, there have been numerous reports of searches of private aircraft without warrants. The accounts described by the pilots also suggest that insufficient cause was given by the law enforcement agencies conducting the searches. This is a disturbing trend.

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DHS-ICE and Foreign Student Flight Training

When it comes to teaching students from other countries to fly, it’s no longer good enough to be a Part 61 flight school or an independent flight instructor. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If you’re just as shocked as I was to learn this, then read their policy guidance letter.

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Split docket: TSA legislation and user fees

As we move towards the national elections this November, it’s time to energize our general aviation community once again. There are two issues to examine and let our elected representatives in Washington know how we feel. One issue is the perfect storm: User fees. The second issue is an opportunity to have Congress send to the President’s desk the Air Travelers’ Bill of Rights.

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