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Keeping the Skies Friendly: Next Steps for General Aviation Security

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Publication Date: July 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Internal security)
Transportation (Air transport)

Keywords: Homeland defense; Aviation Security; General Aviation; Civil Aviation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The national effort to make the skies safer should include bolstering the DHS, the Coast Guard, and local law enforcement air assets to patrol for threats from general aviation aircraft; integrating border security into general aviation security; a Trusted Pilot Program; interoperable databases between government agencies; and new technologies, such as GPS locators and biometric pilot's licenses.