April 13 2009

Important Information for General Aviation Pilots based at BZN

New Air Operations Area Identification Badges

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a new Security Directive requiring all individuals who have unescorted access to the Air Operations Area to undergo a TSA Security Threat Assessment as well as have in their possession a new Air Operations Area identification badge.  The Air Operations Area (AOA) is defined as any area inside the perimeter fence.  This is a TSA requirement for all airports that have commercial air carrier service.  Anyone requesting a new identification badge will need to complete a new Air Operations Area application.

The TSA recently granted a deadline extension to Airport Operators to enact the new Security Directive on June 1, 2009; therefore, it is important for those wanting the new identification badge to apply for it prior to June 1, 2009 due to the longer processing time involved with the TSA Security Threat Assessment.  The assessment must be conducted and approved prior to an identification badge being issued.  This means the identification badge can no longer be issued on a same day basis. 


Who needs the AOA ID Badge?


Anyone who requires unescorted access to the Air Operations Area.  This includes hangar owners, pilots with aircraft in the tie-down areas, instructors, contractors, FBO personnel who don’t already have S.I.D.A. access and anyone else who needs unescorted access.


How do I apply?


  • Fill out the new AOA ID application - available at the Airport Office or online at: http://www.bozemanairport.com/about.php?detail=getDocuments&catId=5
  • Present the application to the Airport Office with acceptable forms of identification (a list of acceptable forms of identification is included with the application form).
  • The Airport Authority will then submit the information to the TSA - normally, from the time the application is submitted until a badge can be issued will be two or three business days.  However, in certain circumstances, the time frame can be significantly longer.
  • Upon approval of the Security Threat Assessment, the badge may then be issued.



  • $25.00 with a $15.00 refund when this badge is returned.  (Current gate card holders will receive a $5.00 refund when their gate card is turned in.)

Informational Meetings:


We will be holding informational meetings at the Gallatin Field Fire Station to discuss the new process and also address questions anyone wishing to be granted unescorted access may have. 


  • April 15, 2009 from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Gallatin Field Fire Station (Old Terminal Bld.) 
  • April 29, 2009 from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Gallatin Field Fire Station (Old Terminal Bld)
    Presentations are also available to any clubs or groups in conjunction with their scheduled meetings.  Contact Bill Dove (388-6632 ext. 121) or Paul Schneider (388-6632 ext. 124) with your requested dates and times of if you have any questions.
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