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Alexandria, Va. – Representatives from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) travelled to Capitol Hill on Monday, March 24 to brief nearly 100 congressional staff and representatives from general aviation associations – including HAI – on general aviation safety and security issues.

Peggy Gilligan, FAA association administrator for aviation safety, outlined many of the safety issues being addressed by the FAA, including sleep apnea. NTSB Board Member Earl Weener provided a briefing on causes of general aviation accidents and the importance of training, while John Sammon, TSA assistant administrator for security policy and industry engagement, focused on security and steps being taken by the TSA to address GA security issues.

Of particular note, Sammon talked about expansion of access to the "Maryland 3" [College Park Airport (CGS), Washington Executive/Hyde Field (W32), and Potomac Airport (VKX)] and Reagan National (DCA) to GA aircraft. He also provided an overview of Executive Order 13563, signed by President Obama on January 18, 2011.

Executive Order 13563 calls for, among other things, objective-based government agency practices. The TSA is extending this to their security philosophies and toward making sure that GA is not unduly burdened by unnecessary security practices.

HAI is hopeful that TSA’s leadership role in pragmatic security practices will positively influence the reopening of South Capitol Street Heliport (09W).

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