July 3, 2006
Active flight instructors, ground instructors, and flight school employees now have a means available to complete the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) recurrent security awareness training. Last week the TSA posted an online training module, " Recurrent Flight School Security Awareness Training," which can be used to fulfill the recurrent training requirements or to develop an alternate training program.
"AOPA has worked since the TSA Flight Training Rule was first issued to minimize the burden on pilots, flight schools, and instructors, while still maintaining a high level of security awareness," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. "This module is another step in the right direction toward helping instructors and flight schools complete security training."
The course does not require a sign-off from the TSA. Active flight instructors, ground instructors, and flight school employees can self-certify that they've taken the recurrent training.
Remember, those who will be taking recurrent training for the first time have 18 months from the time of their initial security awareness training to do so. That's because the TSA issued an exemption in December 2005 granting an extension that is good until January 1, 2007.
Learn more about the association's efforts to mitigate the TSA Flight Training Security Rule online.
March 7, 2006
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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