RESOLUTION NO. 7126
A RESOLUTION OPPOSING PROPOSED LEGISLATION IMPLEMENTING LARGE AIRCRAFT SECURITY PROGRAM.
WHEREAS, the general aviation sector is a vital engine of growth in the City of Hot Springs’s economy, providing jobs, economic opportunity and revenue;
WHEREAS, given the geography of the City of Hot Springs, a great many businesses, hospitals, schools, individuals and surrounding communities depend upon small planes and general aviation for access to medical treatment, tourism, mobility, economic opportunity, disaster relief and a wide range of critical resources and services.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas:
THAT the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas, strongly supports efforts to improve its nation’s aviation security but has serious concerns regarding the Transportation Security Administration’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), including the following:
1) The General Aviation community and key stakeholders, including state and local elected officials and other deserve an opportunity to improve the proposal through a negotiated rulemaking process.
2) Among the prohibited items are everyday tools. Small aircraft routinely carry employees and their tools to job sites that do not have commercial service. The proposed LASP policy would prohibit work tools from aircraft and airport security areas, effectively reducing the efficiency and utility of business aviation.
3) The proposal fails to take into account the significant differences in the nature of Non-Commercial General Aviation operations and Commercial Airline operations.
4) The burden of implementing and sustaining this new program as it is currently written would fall disproportionately and unfairly on small communities, airports and small businesses and would cost these communities jobs and cause them irreparable financial harm.
PASSED: April 21, 2009
APPROVED: MIKE BUSH, MAYOR
ATTEST: LANCE HUDNELL, CITY CLERK