Well, at the first public hearing on the new rules for 12,500+ aircraft has been held, and some 400 pilots showed up at White Plains to learn what the TSA has in mind and to register their opinions. There were many complaints about checking passengers against the TSA "Watch List" and the limits on item allowed in the cabin.
More importantly many contend the weight at which these rules come into effect should be 100,000 pounds and not 12,500 pounds. The President of the NBAA urged the TSA to delay implementation of the proposal as written and form a government/industry Aviation Rulemaking Committee to create a set of rules appropriate to business aviation operations.
The proposed rule basically follows the pattern for the airlines, and bans such items as golf clubs, skis, firearms and even survival kits from the aircraft cabin. Implementation of this rule will probably create some of the additional delays the rules caused for traveling on the airlines, thereby diminishing one of the primary advantages of business aircraft usage.
Yeah for the AOPA, EAA and NBAA for standing up for general aviation, unlike those weak-kneed fools running the auto companies.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
When the weight of the paper equals the weight of the airplane, only then you can go flying.
— attributed to Donald Douglas (Mr. DC-n).