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General Aviation Security

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched a toll free hotline, (866) GA-SECURE, for centralized reporting of events with possible security implications observed by general aviation pilots.

The hotline is part of a nationwide aviation watch system called Airport Watch, a program developed by TSA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Airport Watch enlists the support of some 550,000 general aviation pilots to watch for and report suspicious activities with possible security implications.

AOPA will distribute Airport Watch materials to 5,400 public-use airports, pilot groups and individual pilots. The program will show pilots what to watch for and provide steps that citizen pilots can take to enhance the security of their airports and aircraft.

The 385,000-member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has been representing the interests of general aviation pilots since 1939. General aviation includes all flying except for the scheduled airlines and the military. More than two-thirds of the nation's pilots, and three-quarters of aircraft owners, are AOPA members.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), born out of terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, is responsible for discovering, preventing and dealing with threats to transportation security. TSA protects the nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.