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General Aviation Security Guidelines for Airport Operators and Users

Posted by Joe Dalton on Tue, Jul 02, 2019

Do you know in 2004 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Operators and Users? The guidelines provided general aviation (GA) operators a quick resource on topics that had only been communicated to commercial operators. In 2017, the security guidelines document was updated by the TSA’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) to reflect current practices.

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Tags: Aviation Security

Real ID and the Reality of Not Having It

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Thu, Jun 27, 2019

Since January 22, 2018, travelers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is not REAL ID-compliant are required to present an alternative form of identification before boarding a commercial aircraft. Luckily, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website shows all states and territories are compliant or have been granted an extension. As of October 1, 2020, however, anyone planning to travel on a federally-regulated aircraft will be required to present a REAL ID or other acceptable form of ID.

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Tags: Aviation Security, Aviation Security and Safety

Singapore Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) To Implement New Alcohol Testing Program For Pilots

Posted by Joe Dalton on Fri, Apr 05, 2019

Did you know that under the European Union (EU) Ramp Inspection Program, both private and commercial aircraft are subject to inspection when operating into/out of any of the 48 participating country states? The inspection covers 53 items and is expected to take 60 minutes, if all items are checked. Recently, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) added to their list of standard inspection items.  

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Tags: Aviation News

Mark your calendar, folks. Phase 4 of REAL ID is here!

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Mar 29, 2019

National Security is a top priority for the United States, and the forms with which we identify ourselves are being upgraded to meet the minimum-security standards established in the REAL ID Act. The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 as an effort to boost the security features of identification cards and therefore, circumvent tampering and counterfeiting. The Act also establishes stricter document requirements in the application process as an added measure to prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining a REAL ID.

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Tags: Aviation News

Is Your Company Safe from Insider Threat?

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Jan 28, 2019

First, what is an insider threat? According to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) 2018 Report of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee on Insider Threats at Airports, “The term insider threat refers to individuals with privileged access to sensitive areas and/or information, who intentionally or unwittingly misuse or allow others to misuse this access to exploit vulnerabilities in an effort to compromise security, facilitate criminal activity, terrorism, or other illicit actions which inflict harm to people, an organization, the air transportation system or national security.”

With that definition in mind, let’s examine the components of insider threat and how you can protect your operation from them.

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

Drones: The New Generation of Aviation

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Fri, Jan 11, 2019

Know someone who had a drone on their holiday wish list? Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), attract individuals young and old: weekend hobbyists, professionals, and those seeking a new career opportunity. As industries and individuals find new ways to use them, their popularity continues to grow.

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Tags: Aviation News

Is Uber Weed in Our Future?

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Nov 14, 2018

Whether it be recreational or medicinal, marijuana is becoming more accessible and its use is growing in popularity. The THC and CBD compounds of marijuana are being added into a lot of edibles. Candy, baked goods, coffee and now beer (yes, it’s a thing) are just a few of the innovative ways the cannabis industry and consumers have incorporated the substance into everyday consumables. While the creativity is impressive, is adding THC and/or CBD to edible items posing a bigger risk than we think?

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Are Retired Veterans the Answer to General/Business Aviation's Personnel Shortage?

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Nov 05, 2018

Military veterans, especially pilots, have long chosen to pursue a second career in civil aviation. The Washington Post, this year, reports a little more than 80 percent of U.S. civil pilots served in the military during the 1960s. Many saw the military as a gateway to an aviation career; the military provided superior training and the opportunity to fly aircraft that was second to none. Having a military background gave pilots a clear advantage over other applicants within the general aviation industry. 

Today, military veterans continue to be valuable to commercial airlines and aviation operators, but the number of veterans transitioning from the military to general aviation has decreased significantly. As a result, only “a third of private-sector U.S. pilots have military backgrounds.” Why the change?

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Tags: Human Resources

Awareness Training Saves Lives

Posted by Whitney Sigafoose on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic. According to the International Labour Organization, an estimated 40.3 million people are victims of modern-day slavery. Of those 40.3 million people, 24.9 million people are in forced labor and 15.4 million are in forced marriage. Contrary to popular belief, this is not just an issue overseas, it is happening right in our own backyard. The image below from the Polaris Project shows the largest hot spots for human trafficking here in the United States.

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Tags: MISC

Safety vs. Security: Is there a difference?

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Safety…security: they sound like they are the same thing, right? After all, they both work with the purpose of protecting someone or something from harm. So why are safety and security separated with respect to government authority and oversight?

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

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