Security issues have been a major focus of the NAAA since the 2001 terror attacks against the country. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still developing and enforcing rules to prevent acts of terrorism against the peoples of the United States. As we all know, times have changed in this country since those cataclysmic terror events stung our country nearly two decades ago. The best and current course the aerial application industry is taking is remaining vigilant in securing agricultural aircraft and their related facilities remain vigilantly protected. Also, making sure the public—from law enforcement to local media to the general public—know about the industry’s proactive efforts. NAAA has been active in informing Congress, the DHS’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA), FBI and a variety of other government agencies know of the aerial application industry’s security efforts. One NAAA victory on the security front—in addition to being the first general aviation sector back into the air after the 9/11/2001 ground stop—was getting the FAA to allow hidden ignition switches to be installed in ag planes without having to undergo the cumbersome FAA Form 337 process. NAAA also continues to monitor Congress and the number of different federal agencies now involved with security to ensure that legislative and regulatory measures result in legitimately mitigating security risks, but not unnecessarily burdening the aerial application industry, as some poorly timed TFRs for public officials and other security measures have done.
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