August 1, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- EAA Government Relations staff met with representatives of the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Bureau of Customs &
Border Protection (CBP), and AOPA on Friday afternoon to discuss ways of
improving border crossings without imposing unnecessary burdens on general
EAA’s Randy Hansen explained that general
aviation (GA) aircraft arriving or departing the United States have to get
clearance through the CBP’s Automated Personal Information System
(APIS), while some GA aircraft entering the United States need to obtain
an international waiver from the TSA. Leaving and flying back thus
requires two different approvals from two different agencies with
different procedures and forms.
“We’d like to see the two systems married
up under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),” Hansen said, “with
the data transferable between outgoing and incoming approvals, and either
TSA or CBP handling both types of approval.”
Another goal of the meeting was to simply meet
with TSA officials, share concerns, and exchange ideas, Hansen said.
Recent decisions at TSA affect all of GA. TSA officials have come here, in
part, to better understand GA and its concerns.
“EAA can best serve its members and the
whole GA community by sitting down with DHS officials and talking with
them,” said Doug Macnair, EAA’s full-time representative in
Washington, D.C. “Meetings like this during AirVenture can open new
channels of communication and yield benefits for our members far into the
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