This symposium presentation discusses the broadening of the focus of aviation security to include general aviation. Prior to September 11, 2001, the resources for aviation and aviation security were allocated primarily to commercial airlines and the airports which they serve. General aviation, loosely defined as that which is not military or scheduled airlines, accounts for three of every four takeoffs and landings in the U.S., and the fleet is comprised of approximately 219,000 active aircraft (U.S. General Accounting Office, 2001). It is important to recognize the diversity of the general aviation industry in conducting a needs assessment. It includes corporate aviation, charter flights, flight training, aerial application, sightseeing, and a host of other forms. The airports at which general aviation activity takes place include those with one aircraft to those with thousands of operations each day. There is no easy solution nor template to secure the wide range of general aviation activities. This study surveyed 86 airport and fixed base operations (FBO) managers in 1998 regarding descriptive information on best practices in general aviation security. A subsequent survey was then administered to the same panel in 2001 to determine if the changed environment as a result of the September 11 attacks had an effect on the previous responses. The results indicate similarities and differences in general aviation best practices between 1998 and 2001, and between airport and FBO managers. While the survey response rates were not substantial enough to conduct statistical tests, the data do provide interesting descriptive data regarding general aviation security.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This symposium presentation is found in UNOAI Report 02-4, Proceedings of the NASA Aerospace Technology Symposium 2002.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Nebraska, Omaha

    Aviation Institute, 60th and Dodge Street
    Omaha, NE  United States  68182-0508
  • Authors:
    • Schaaf, M M
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  • Publication Date: 2002-3


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 18p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00960121
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UNOAI Report 02-4
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2003 12:00AM