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General Aviation Security: Aircraft, Hangars, Fixed-Base Operations, Flight Schools, and Airports

By Daniel J. Benny, CPP, PCI; Reviewed by Courtney Banks Spaeth

***** General Aviation Security: Aircraft, Hangars, Fixed-Base Operations, Flight Schools, and Airports. By Daniel J. Benny, CPP, PCI. CRC Press, www.crcpress.com; 347 pages; $99.99; also available as an e-book.

In his book General Aviation Security, the author offers practical information for novice practitioners. Written as an academic textbook, it presents the range of information that aviation security professionals need to know, and each chapter also provides a comprehensive bibliography.

The opening chapter provides an in-depth overview of general aviation and contextualizes when and how the industry operates. What follows is a succinct assessment of industry information. The chapter “Physical Security for the Aviation Environment” gives a particularly comprehensive description of various monitoring and deterrence options, covering everything from lasers to laminated glass, and encompasses intrusion detection, cameras, cost analysis, traditional barriers, locks, and windows.

The final three chapters and subsequent appendices are perhaps the most technically relevant. They address airport anticrime measures and U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements and recommendations. A research study on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Watch Program and its effectiveness in Pennsylvania airports is evaluated. There is a broad analysis of TSA regulations in the context of security standards, as well as a list of governmental and aviation security resources that includes addresses, Web sites, and links.

Three extensive appendices address other relevant information that has either been alluded to in the book itself or is necessary knowledge for industry professionals. While the first on terror groups is dated, it is comprehensive and offers significant information and context. The remaining appendices support the book’s contents and offer guidance for how the information can be applied in the field.


Reviewer: Courtney Banks Spaeth is CEO of National Security Associates Worldwide. She serves on the ASIS Global Terrorism, Political Instability and International Crime Council.

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