Updated Sept. 20, 2010
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a policy notice to clarify procedures used for non-U.S. citizens seeking recurrent training in the U.S. The new policy notice, which applies to students training in aircraft that weigh over 12,500 lbs., indicates the types of activities that the TSA does not consider “recurrent training.” Additionally, the notice outlines improvements that TSA is making to Security Threat Assessments required for non-US citizens seeking recurrent training.
Interpretation of “Recurrent Training” and Changes to the Security Threat Assessment Process for Recurrent Training (111KB, PDF)
Previously, the TSA has issued a clarification its Sept. 20, 2004, interim final rule dealing with new security requirements for the training of aliens by flight schools/instructors. The rule contained a number of issues which were of concern to the NBAA and the general aviation community. NBAA submitted comments to the TSA outlining member concerns with a number of the requirements contained in the original rule.
The TSA clarification limits the application of the rule to aliens seeking initial flight training. The definition of “recurrent” training requirements in the original rule has been clarified to lessen the impact of the original TSA rule. Onerous flight candidate record keeping requirements on Flight Schools have also been revised. Further, TSA has extended the compliance date for aliens seeking training on aircraft with an MTOW of 12,500 pounds or less from Oct. 20, 2004, to Dec. 19, 2004, if the pilot candidate possess an FAA airman’s certificate or holds a foreign national aviation authority document recognized by the FAA.
Interim Final Rule as it appeared in the Federal Register, Sept. 20, 2004
NBAA comments to the interim final rule, Oct. 19, 2004
TSA Clarification to the interim final rule, Oct. 19 2004
TSA Press Release: TSA Takes Over Security Threat Assessments On Non-U.S. Citizens Seeking Flight School Training, October 22, 2004
For more information, contact NBAA’s Doug Carr at email@example.com.
Interim Final Rule “Flight Training for Aliens and Other Designated Individuals; Security Awareness Training for Flight School Employees”
Sept. 20, 2004, Federal Register (196 KB PDF File)
Final Rule “Screening of Aliens and Other Designated Individuals Seeking Flight Training”
Feb. 13, 2003, Federal Register (68 KB PDF File)
DOJ “Notice of Rescission of Second Notice of Advance Consent for Providing Certain Aviation Training”
June 14, 2002, Federal Register (16 KB PDF File)
Interim Final Rule “Screening of Aliens and Other Designated Individuals Seeking Flight Training”
June 14, 2002, Federal Register (114 KB PDF File)
Proposed Rule “Screening of Aliens and Other Designated Individuals Seeking Flight Training”
June 14, 2002, Federal Register (50 KB PDF File)
Information and Instructions for Flight Training Providers Regarding Expedited Processing Procedures
DOJ Brochure (120 KB PDF File)
Attorney General Announces Flight Training Candidate Checks Program
DOJ Press Release, June 11, 2002 (82 KB PDF File)
Screening of Aliens and Other Designated Individuals Seeking Flight Training
DOJ Fact Sheet, June 11, 2002 (129 KB Adobe PDF File)
Flight Training Candidate Checks Program Website