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EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
The first class
of 44 pilots was deputized as FFDO’s on April 19, 2003.
The Aviation Subcommittee in the House of Representatives
chaired by Congressman John Mica (R-FL) is meeting tomorrow,
May 8th at 10:00 am to review the current FFDO (Federal
Flight Deck Officer) program.There are several issues of
concern that need prompt Congressional oversight. Please
call your Representative and Senators, identify yourself
as an Airline Pilots’ Security Alliance (APSA) supporter,
ask for the Aviation Staffer, then relay the following points
as problem areas that need to be addressed:
Pilot Applicant Screening. The Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) is tasked with the implementation of
the FFDO program. They need to encourage participation by
the greatest number of pilots possible. Screening methods
should only eliminate the overly aggressive and should not
intimidate pilots from volunteering for this important task.
Congress rejected all attempts to build in limits of participation.
Congress has clearly passed a law that allows a permanent
wide-ranging armed pilot program.
Firearm Carry Protocol. The method of custody and
carry of the firearms should be the safest, most secure
possible. Standards used for other law enforcement officers
should be the model for the FFDO program.
Time Off for Training. The initial time off for
training must be accommodated by airline schedules. Pilots
are volunteering their time without pay but may find it
impossible to arrange the time in their schedules without
assistance from their respective airline. Airlines have
accommodated military reserves requirements for many years
to allow pilots to serve their country in this important
way. This is no different. Pilots need to be able to have
the time to attend initial training for the FFDO program.
This is a once in a lifetime event that is vital to our
APSA is committed
to an FFDO program that will be successful with great participation.
We call on all supporters to contact Congress and ask them
to perform their vital oversight function of the agency
assigned this responsibility.
that apply for the FFDO program are answering the call of
President Bush to volunteer to serve their country. Airline
pilots are already highly scrutinized professionals entrusted
with the lives of their passengers and crew. We call on
the TSA to give them the respect, training, and tools they
need to maintain the security of our aircraft, skies and
citizens on the ground.
your Representative today. Ask them to review all aspects
of the Federal Flight Deck Officer program. Ask them to
ensure that the Transportation Security Administration is
implementing the intent and will of Congress. The Capitol
switchboard is (202) 224-3121. The operator can connect
you to your Representative by giving them your zip code.
Thank you for your support. Your calls do make the difference.
Visit our new and improved
web site at http://www.secure-skies.org While you are there
please make a donation if you can. We are working for you
and any financial help is greatly appreciated.
REMEMBER TO IDENTIFY
YOURSELF AS AN APSA SUPPORTER.
HAVE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE AND ESPECIALLY
CHAIRMAN MICA FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE ARMED PILOT PROGRAM
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