From getting a good night’s rest to drinking less or maintaining safety while in turbulence, aviation security for you and your crew is essential.

Enhancing pilot, airport, and employee security can prove beneficial in the long run. To help you be up to date on aviation safety and security, we’ve compiled a cheat sheet of hacks, and tips/tricks to help you stay FAA-compliant and keep on your aviation security game. 

5 tips to enhance your aviation security

About safety 

Every day, over 3 million people fly safely on commercial flights globally – with an approximate chance of a fatality being 1 in 3 million. Airplane design, engineering, human factors, regulatory standards, maintenance, training, and improved technology, ensure everyone is always kept safe. 

1. Lock up and keep an eye out 

Always protect your aircraft when left unattended by using a door and auxiliary locks to prevent unauthorized usage. Don’t forget to close and lock-up hangar doors and any gates. Once your aircraft and hangar are locked, take your keys and never leave them unattended in your cockpit. 

Always have an eye out for yourself and others. If you are suspicious of anyone who is loitering, too eager, or unfamiliar with procedures, remember all the details and report them to the authorities immediately. Listen to your gut! Never approach someone who might be a danger. 

2. Security awareness

The TSA has developed an excellent training program for the aviation community to help you recognize suspicious behavioral patterns and what to do in case of an incident. However, you should always speak to the airport security or supervisor if you suspect someone or an event. 

You should train yourself and personnel to recognize the following: 

3. Decision-making and plan B

According to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Australia, “Flying is a dynamic activity,

sometimes requiring quick decisions to ensure a safe and successful fight. Pilots must be vigilant and be prepared to take action to counter hazards and unexpected situations.” 

Fast decision-making skills are essential for pilots. Learning how and why things happen in an emergency is invaluable to solving a problem. To learn more about decision-making, click here.

4. Mental and physical health

It’s no secret that pilots and people in aviation succumb to extreme and often complex physical and mental demands that can affect their well-being. People in the aviation industry are not spared from suffering from anxiety, depression, or other mental health illness. If you feel that you are suffering from any of these conditions, it is important to talk about what is going on to get the support and treatment you need. There’s no shame in opening up! 

Physical health is just as important as mental health. Remember to eat healthily and take care of your body and mind. Get the rest you need and eliminate bad habits (smoking, drinking, etc.). Lastly, work with your team and value each other’s health to create a good support system. 

5. Security communications 

The AOPA states, “General aviation airport managers/operators may find it helpful to develop written security procedures. Many security initiatives are already being conducted at airports but have not been formalized into a documented program. Documentation provides managers with a traceable and auditable method of ensuring airport employees and tenants are aware of and understand security measures.” 

A well-written and detailed security procedure can communicate and coordinate the specific response in a particular event. The AOPA also suggests the following: 

Air travel is already one of the safest types of transportation thanks to regular maintenance programs, ongoing education for everyone involved, collaboration, and adapting to current standards and/or modifying security procedures. Taking the proper precautions can prevent crime and terrorism from occurring. Remember that aviation security starts with you, your teams, and the aircraft you’re flying!

SJU and Iberia Airlines are teaming up to bring direct flights during the high season. 

From offering 4 to 5 weekly flights from Iberia Airlines to flights once a day, big changes are coming to SJU! The Spanish airline Iberia has committed to expanding its routes to SJU, meaning travelers who wish to travel to and from Madrid and San Juan can do so once a day during the peak season of August and September. 

SJU and Iberia unite to offer direct flights to Madrid

“Spain and Puerto Rico have a great cultural and commercial relationship that is increasingly growing stronger with the participation of Puerto Rico in events such as Fitur and through alliances achieved with influential companies such as Iberia,” stated Javier Sánchez-Prieto, President of Iberia. 

This past International Tourism Fair in Madrid (Fitur), the Puerto Rican Government and Iberia signed an agreement to expand the Madrid/Puerto Rico route. Additionally, the deal includes a collaborative renewal of marketing and sales agreements to help inspire travelers from Europe to visit Puerto Rico. As part of the strategy, ongoing promotional campaigns, such as Live Boricua, aim to expand flight networks to Puerto Rico. 

Carla Campos, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, shared, “Iberia is our most important trading partner in the European market. The negotiations we carried out at Fitur 2022 resulted in a greater frequency of weekly flights, the highest number of seats available in 20 years, and an increase of about fourteen percentage points in load factors during the second half of 2022.”

The agreement will help Puerto Rico redirect tourist traffic from Spain and Europe, generate economic growth and bring development to the island’s tourism industry. As part of the deal, several marketing initiatives will be implemented on the airline’s website and social media channels, as well as in their in-flight entertainment and Iberia magazine, to push the flights and raise awareness.

SJU and Iberia unite to offer direct flights to Madrid

Madrid and Puerto Rico are set to embrace multi-destination campaigns and offer competitive prices and packages to encourage people to travel more. Together, SJU and Iberia will reach its highest frequency of flights in over 20 years of being in business. We look forward to welcoming travelers to the island while revolutionizing the tourism industry and economy.

From 10 million passengers, privatization, modernization, pandemic response, and countless awards, Aerostar is flying high into its 10th anniversary. 

Aerostar and SJU have changed dramatically over the past decade. Still, our mission remains the same – to operate a first-class airport that serves as an international gateway and point of connection to the rest of Latin America and beyond. Our teams made incredible efforts to become the Aerostar that you know today. We are proud to provide the highest safety, security standards, and customer service excellence that our people deserve. Here’s a glimpse into some of our stellar achievements from the beginning to the present. 

Special 10-Year Anniversary Edition: A decade connecting destinations

Modernization and Privatization

So much has changed from our humble beginnings to today. In 2013, we started a new chapter in our story by successfully privatizing San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) under the long-term and public-private partnership with Aerostar, an over $296 million investment. In agreement with the Puerto Rico government, the airport will share the annual revenue of 5-10% for lease payments. As agreed upon with the FAA and Commonwealth government, our mission is to modernize the airport and rehabilitate it to maintain the Part 139 Certificate. 

Aerostar came in with a hammer and implemented incredible changes such as chopping down trees around the ILS, redesigning the inside of the Airport, adding new jetways, implementing a state-of-the-art baggage screening system, supporting locals by bringing in new stores, and more! The renovations were constantly undergone while the airport worked through Hurricane Maria and the pandemic. Even so, international cargo and passenger traffic has continuously increased by 230% since 2013.

Today, Aerostar is renovating terminals, implementing expansion plans, runway reconstructions, and other technological advancements, such as the speeding identification process from CLEAR. The P3 Projects underway such economic competitiveness, protecting infrastructure, smart technology, and private sector investments. The mentioned projects will help the airport generate more revenue, continue an excellent working environment, and surpass the projected 17.9 million passengers by 2024.

Milestones and Awards

Construction starting date: In 1946, the first construction permits were approved, following construction in 1947. Finally, on May 22, 1955, the airport was inaugurated and named after the first governor elected by the people. 

Contract Signing Day Aerostar: On February 27th, 2013, SJU became the first International Airport in the US with a P3 administration model. 

Commercial Industrial Impact Award: Granted by the Builders Association of Puerto Rico in 2016.

Excellence Award for Airport Training: Granted by the American Association of Airport Executives (”AAAE”) ANTN Digicast in 2016. 

Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year Award: The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) was awarded to the airport in 2016. 

Best Operational Project Award: In 2017, the award was granted by the P3 Awards.Content

24HR reestablishment of operations: After Hurricane María in 2017, the airport was able to get back on its feet and open operations to aid in the recovery of Puerto Rico.

Pandemic Response: In 2021, the airport was able to place action safety protocols to keep passengers and workers safe.

10.3M passengers!: This past 2022, SJU hit the highest record of passengers.

These past ten years have flown by!

Aerostar is incredibly proud to serve over 10 million passengers, the community, and appreciates the ongoing support.

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