Security and Continuity advice for Aviation including Flying Clubs and owners

The ‘General Aviation’ sector is extremely diverse. It involves aircraft such as balloons and airships, gliders, micro-lights, helicopters, light aircraft and business jets. Their activities cover anything from agricultural use, aerial surveys, delivery of goods, corporate flights and leisure. The aerodromes that support these activities vary from individual landing strips or helipads to regional airports.
This guide is intended to give protective business continuity and security advice to those who work within the General Aviation sector to reduce the opportunity of a terrorist attack occurring, or limit the damage such an event might cause. It also contains crime prevention material and guidance on business continuity. This advice is not mandatory but may assist those engaged within the sector to enhance security to an appropriate level at their site.
If you employ staff at your site, you need to be aware of your statutory obligations under Health & Safety and Human Rights legislation. This advice may assist you in meeting appropriate standards. In the event of an incident, your written risk assessments and plans may come under scrutiny. You have a ‘duty of care’ to ensure the reasonable safety of everyone who works at or visits your aviation site and the buildings and training facilities therein. Having a Business Continuity Plan also protects your business from other events that could cost your business or much more.
To this end, in order to make the guide as appropriate as possible to your needs, it has been divided into two main parts with checklist appendices at the back.
Part A – The guidance contained within this section is for all engaged within General Aviation. From single operators to the owners of larger aerodromes, there is protective security advice that is applicable to all sites.
Part B - The second part of the guide is intended for operators or owners of aerodromes or small airports that are not governed by the National Aviation Security Programme. It gives security advice for these larger sites, where any number of aviation activities take place on a regular basis and additionally, provides guidance on continuity issues.
Aviation is one of the most important and rapidly expanding industries within the United Kingdom. It is an essential element of the transport sector and as such forms part of the Critical National Infrastructure providing substantial financial input to the Gross Domestic Product.
It also offers terrorists and organised criminals a range of high profile targets or a possible method of attack delivery. A successful terrorist incident on any section of the industry will have devastating consequences in terms of casualties and a loss of confidence by the travelling public.
The threat from terrorism has become extremely unpredictable in terms of target and methodology. We have witnessed attacks designed to cause maximum casualties and where possible, also undermine the global economy. To that end, those involved within the industry must be more prepared than ever before.

 Counter Terrorism Security Advice for General Aviation

The guidance provided can be supplemented by specific advice from Counter Terrorism Security Advisers that can be reached though your local Police force or by following links provided on the CTSA CONTACT page.