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General Aviation

Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement

Overview

General Aviation (GA) is a vital component of the Nation's aviation sector and the national economy that accounts for some 77 percent of all flights conducted in the United States. It encompasses a wide range of activities, from pilot training to flying for business and personal reasons, delivery of emergency medical services, and sightseeing. Operations range from short-distance flights in single-engine, light aircraft to long-distance international flights in corporate-owned jets, and from emergency aero-medical helicopter operations to airships seen at open-air sporting events. The sole characteristic that GA operations have in common is that flights are not routinely scheduled; they are on-demand.

The Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement Division works closely with 17 general aviation associations to ensure security mandates and initiatives are based on threat analysis and risk management, balanced with common sense. We recognize that a "one-size fits all" security posture is not always feasible, and that different solutions are required for different environments and different classes of operators. We:

  • Use a threat based, risk management approach to develop strategies, policies, and programs to reduce the security risks and vulnerabilities associated with GA operations;
  • Recognize the diversity that exists in the industry and that "one size" security does not fit all stakeholders;
  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop creative methods to enhance security and develop, disseminate, and consistently apply a framework of appropriate federal security standards; and
  • Understand the global impact of TSA security initiatives, and, where applicable, harmonize with international industry best practices and security measures

Mission/Vision

To reduce the security risk and vulnerabilities associated with GA operations through a threat- and outcome-based risk management approach.
 

Latest revision: 07 February 2014