ASAC Puts Forward General Aviation Security Guidelines

ACI-NA participated on the Aviation Security Advisory Committee's (ASAC) General Aviation Sub-Committee to draft a revision to the TSA General Aviation Security Guidelines published in 2004. The revised GA Security Guidelines were presented yesterday at a meeting of the full ASAC and it was decided by majority vote to send the revised Guidelines to TSA Administrator Pistole for consideration and possible adoption.

The revised draft security Guidelines developed by the ASAC General Aviation Sub-Committee with substantial input from members of ACI-NA's General Aviation Airport Working Group can be found on the ASAC Docket via

ACI-NA worked with members of its General Aviation Airport Working Group to solicit input on the GA Security Guidelines. The revisions included a risk-based methodology and approach to securing general aviation, which includes intelligence gathering and the identification of potential threats. A comprehensive matrix (or checklist) was incorporated in the revised Guidelines for use by airports and operators in identifying options to mitigate potential threats.

ACI-NA would like to thank its members for their contributions that enhance general aviation security. And, a special 'thank you' to Robert Olislagers, Executive Director of Centennial Airport for his significant input and authoring the section on risk-based security, intelligence gathering and threat mitigating methodology. 

ACI-NA, along with AAAE, the National Business Aviation Association, General Aircraft Manufactures Association, Signature Flight Support and others worked collaboratively to revise the Guidelines and incorporate: 

  • A risk assessment matrix that replaced the Characteristics Measurement tool
  • Security practices identified by general aviation users including: aircraft operators, corporate and fixed based operators, and others
  • Updated data, regulations and statistics
  • An expanded bibliography, listing various technical standards and best practices from DHS, TSA, FEMA, DOS, DOD, etc.
  • A hyperlinked table of contents, reformatted and restructured subject areas that support a risk-based approach to securing general aviation

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Christopher R. Bidwell, Vice President, Security and Facilitation, at (202) 861-8081 or Lydia T. Beairsto, Director, Public Safety and Security, at (202) 861-8082.