The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an updated security guidelines document recently. While the TSA does not have jurisdiction over Fixed Based Operators, the paper includes aviation safety suggestions for FBOs to consider. These pertain to ramp and hangar safety, as well as site access and identification procedures.
The National Business Aviation Association has developed a list of best security practices which include:
Safety Procedures for the FBO Physical Plant and Facilities:
- Facility perimeter is secure with fencing and lighting, particularly around fuel farms.
- Ensure that non-primary doors, gates, and windows are closed and locked.
- Close and lock hangar doors when not in use.
- Install an access control management system for all key and pass holders.
- Escort visitors on the ramp and hangar areas.
- Fuel truck keys should be removed from truck ignition when unattended.
Aviation Safety Recommendations Regarding Ramp Access:
- Require identification prior to allowing ramp access. Verify the identity of aircraft crew prior to allowing ramp, hangar and aircraft.
- Concierge services allow for taxis, limos, and rental cars to pick up travelers at their facilities. Require identification of all non-airport personnel and every third-party vehicle.
- Once crew has been cleared, have these individuals identify all enplaning passengers prior to granting ramp access.
- Deplaning travelers should be met by FBO personnel and escorted to the terminal. This is for their safety to avoid possible injury from other planes that may be starting, standing or taxiing,
These tips and recommendations are offered by Republic Jet Center, an FBO located at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. Partnered with Signature® Flight Support, travelers, pilots and crew can expect the highest in aviation safety standards whenever they land at Republic Jet Center. For more information, please call 631-881-9520.