April 1, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The Transportation Security Administration has begun directing flight instructors and flight school employees to AOPA’s “GA Security” online course for initial and yearly recurrent security awareness training.
The TSA’s 12-page PDF document for the training, “The Recurrent Security Awareness Training Module,” is many years old and could be confusing, and so the agency has started replacing its recurrent training information with a link to the more engaging online course. To help CFIs and flight school employees meet the TSA recording requirements, AOPA has updated the completion certificate at the end of the course, so that instructors can record a distinct identification number or CFI number and record their signature.
The TSA collaborated with AOPA in the creation of the course, which the TSA says is “ more specific, engaging, and realistic than the previous TSA Flight School Security Awareness Training.”
The AOPA security training course may be valuable for all GA pilots and members of the airport community, not just CFIs. The TSA document is currently still available for those who prefer to use that module.
Steven Moore, executive director of the National Gay Pilots Association, died Oct. 27 when his Mooney crashed after takeoff at Boulder Municipal Airport in Denver.
AOPA’s message that the cost to equip is too high and must drop substantially was heard loud and clear at a “call to action” summit on ADS-B.
Premier aerobatic pilot and GA supporter Sean D. Tucker will be honored at the Spreading Wings Gala at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver Nov. 15.
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