Am I a flight school? Independent CFI subject to TSA audit

January 9, 2014

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Mike Yodice

  • Director of Legal Service Plans at Yodice Associates
  • Counsels LSP/PPS members on FAA compliance and enforcement
  • Regularly flies a Piper J-3 Cub and a Cherokee 180

By now, most CFIs are familiar with the TSA requirements contained in 49 CFR Part 1552.  Subpart A of Part 1552 relates to alien flight training, and Subpart B relates to flight school security awareness training (initial and recurrent). Flight instructors who provide flight training to aliens or to TSA-designated individuals must abide by the rules in Subpart A, and Subpart B applies more generally to flight and ground instructors, whether or not the student is a U.S. citizen.

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