February 26, 2015
Volunteers with AOA Badges Urgently Needed
Help PCAM Comply with TSA Security Regulations
The Transportation Safety Administration, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has now mandated that a PCAM member with an AOA badge must be out on our field during open hours whenever customers are present on the field.
IF WE ARE UNABLE TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES OR IF WE FAIL TO HAVE A PATROL PERSON ON SITE, THEY COULD CLOSE US DOWN.
This is no joke. The TSA already checked on us late in February. They will continue to do surprise spot-checks from now on, with no end date, and they will test us by coming in as customers and then trying to walk outside our north-side fence. If they are not challenged to show an AOA badge by one of our AOA patrol, there will be trouble. We need to have people with AOA badges on our field during open hours when customers are outside starting NOW, or they could shut us down. For the time being, we can fill space as volunteers are avail- able but eventually we will need to set up a more permanent, regular schedule.
We are asking members who hold AOA badges to volunteer for a two-hour shift during normal Museum hours especially Saturdays and Sundays, to help us meet these stringent new security requirements and keep our doors open. The Museum is on airport property, and is subject to an ever-growing body of security regulations.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER
We are looking at three two-hour shifts on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Time slots are 10:00-12:00, 12:00 - 2:00 and 2:00 to 4:00.
- Entering your name on the sign-up sheet in the break room at the Museum.
- Phone the Museum at 707-575-7900.
- Email Christina.Olds@pacificcoastairmuseum.org
We urgently need coverage for Saturdays and Sundays. If you have an AOA badge, please consider volunteering for this critically important job - especially on Saturdays and Sundays because we have fewer volunteers present on those days. You'll need to be outside with a clear view of our north fence line when customers are on the field.
What is an AOA Badge?AOA means Air Operations Area. An AOA badge is a security identification badge that shows you have a legitimate reason for being on airport property. AOA badges are typically granted to pilots, aircraft owners, airport employees, employees of organizations doing business on airport property, and so forth. Applicants for AOA badges must apply through the airport at which they need the badge, satisfy several requirements, and pay a fee. The AOA badge is one of many security programs instituted and overseen by the Department of Homeland Security.
What Volunteers Will Do
Volunteers will be fully oriented to the job. In general, the AOA patrol volunteer on shift must stay alert out on the field whenever customers are present and keep observance over the north fence line, which runs from the F-15 pad out to N. Laughlin Blvd. If any visitor on our field tries to pass from the Museum grounds through our fence and onto the tarmac, they must be IMMEDIATELY challenged to show their AOA badge. TSA agents will test us by trying to cross the fence from the Museum into the airport, and from the airport into the Museum. If a TSA agent is testing us and is not challenged it will reflect negatively against the Museum. This will be especially crucial during Hot Dog Thursdays; lots of people come to Hot Dog Thursday from all over the airport and they must be checked on the way in and out. All procedures are being mapped out in cooperation with airport security, and any patrol volunteers will be properly briefed.
Have Some Fun!
PCAM is fortunate to have a large and dedicated community of members and volunteers, and I know you won't let us down. And haven't you always wanted more time to gaze at our beautiful aircraft? Well here's a really good excuse!
Museum Members with AOA badges needed to watch our fencelines
On the Museum Grounds
Pacific Coast Air Museum
One Air Museum Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Starting February 28, 2015 and continuing indefinitely
Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday Thursday or other days the Museum is open
10:00 - 12:00, 12:00 - 2:00, 2:00 - 4:00
Whenever Museum guests are on the field
You get to choose your time slot
Saturday and Sunday needed most
Sign up at the Museum, or phone us at 707-575-7900, or email Christina.Olds@pacificcoastairmuseum.org
Volunteers Needed Now -
Please call 707-575-7900 for details
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