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Guidelines and business practices established in the United States for flight schools.
On Sept. 21, 2004, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an interim final rule on flight training for aliens and other designated individuals. When the interim rule was first issued, it required every person to prove his or her citizenship status (including U.S. citizens) prior to undertaking flight training in an aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less. Additionally, all foreign flight students were required to complete a background check process with the TSA.
No person may operate an aircraft into, within, or from a departure point within an Air Defense Identification Zone, unless the person files, activates, and closes a flight plan with the appropriate aeronautical facility, or is otherwise authorized by air traffic control.
Each aircraft must file the following information
Pilots failing to comply will be intercepted for identification.
The FAA in conjunction with Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense have established flight restrictions and procedures to prevent over-flight of sensitive sites including:
Airport and Aircraft Security
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