Department of Homeland Security Moves Forward on Two Important Aviation Issues

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					Department of Homeland Security Moves Forward on Two Important
Aviation Issues
by Bruce Lundegren, Assistant Chief Counsel

The Department of Homeland                    aircraft every day, so the magnitude   for professional training This will
Security (DHS) has moved forward              of the challenge is immense Many       allow for the continued operation
on two important regulatory                   small businesses in the distribu-      of the flight training programs,
issues for small business. The                tion chain approve of the approach     which would have been effectively
first involves air cargo screening;           TSA has taken—essentially depu-        terminated on December 31, 2009,
the other, aviation flight school             tizing the private sector to police    had ICE not acted Because there
training.                                     itself—while others thought the        is a growing worldwide shortage
                                              government should screen cargo         of commercial pilots, the aviation
Cargo Screening on                            the way it does airplane passengers    industry strongly supported the
Passenger Aircraft                            Regardless, TSA’s program is now       move
                                              underway and the agency is hoping         For further information, please
As part of the 9/11 Act (P L 100-             to achieve the security goals that     contact Bruce Lundegren at (202)
53), Congress mandated that DHS               Congress established DHS’s Sep-        205-6144 or bruce.lundegren@
establish a system to screen cargo            tember 16 announcement is online       sba.gov.
placed on passenger aircraft at a             at http://edocket.access.gpo.
level of security similar to that of          gov/2009/pdf/E9-21794.pdf.
passenger checked baggage The
mandate stipulated that 50 percent            Aviation Flight School
of such cargo must be screened by
February 2008, and 100 percent by
                                              Training
August 2010                                   Historically, the United States
   The Transportation Security                has been the worldwide leader in
Administration (TSA) wrestled                 aviation flight training, serving as
with how to m
				
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Description: As part of the 9/11 Act(PL 100-53), Congress mandated that DHS establish a system to screen cargo placed on passenger aircraft at a level of security similar to that of passenger checked baggage. The mandate stipulated that 50% of such cargo must be screened by February 2008, and 100% by August 2010. Meanwhile, historically, the US has been the worldwide leader in aviation flight training, serving as the destination of choice for student pilots the world over. Until recently, foreign students wishing to train to be commercial airline pilots came to the US on a J visa issued through the US.
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