One role of the DelDOT Office of Aeronautics is to ensure the safety and security of the airport facilities. In this role, the Department partners with many others, as the TSA and FAA have primary jurisdiction over these elements of aviation. On security, the Delaware State Police plays a key role in coordinating intelligence and prevention efforts, as well as being a first responder to emergencies.
On safety, fire departments, EMS, and DelDOT's TMC are important partners. The NTSB plays an important part in investigating and understanding aviation accidents. The Office of Aeronautics' major contribution to safety on and around airports is through the inspection and licensing of airports and the prevention and removal of obstructions (see Airport Land Use).
A: Please dial 911 immediately. Aircraft accidents have the potential to be extremely dangerous, even to bystanders, so please think of your own safety first. The 911 call will initiate a series of responses, including fire and rescue, police, and DelDOT's TMC, which is responsible for supporting the first responders and assisting in securing the scene until the arrival of the FAA and NTSB.
A: If you witness or are aware of any illegal or suspicious activities at an airport, please report it immediately to local law enforcement or the Delaware State Police (800.FORCE.1.2). If a life-threatening incident is in progress, dial 911 immediately. Remember to think of your own safety first.
A: There are no laws mandating security practices for Delaware airports, but application of best practices, as outlined by the TSA and AOPA is strongly encouraged. Practicing security helps keep not only our airports and fliers safe, but also prevents theft, vandalism, and other illegal acts from affecting valuable planes and other aviation equipment.
A: A simple and effective way to secure your aircraft. The two-lock rule simply means that the aircraft is secured using more than one lock, such as a door lock and a prop lock or a keyed magneto switch and a locked hangar door. Other combinations of two-locks could be: