AOPA has compiled easy to understand information concerning TSA’s Alien Flight Student Program. Below you will find information pertaining to U.S. citizens who wish to begin training for a pilot certificate and answers to frequently asked questions. Information on this page applies to U.S. citizens who wish to conduct flight training in an aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs.
Applicability and Proof of citizenship/citizenship verification
Before a U.S. citizen can begin flight training toward an initial FAA pilot certificate, recreational, sport pilot, or private pilot certificate; instrument rating; or multiengine rating, a CFI must verify citizenship.
Do I need to show my birth certificate to a CFI for a flight review or IPC?
No you do not. Flight reviews and instrument proficiency checks do not fall under the TSA definition of flight training. TSA has also interpreted the definition of recurrent training to “not include any flight review, proficiency check, or other check to review rules, maneuvers, or procedures, or to demonstrate a pilot’s existing skills on aircraft with a MTOW of 12,500 pounds or less”.
It is my understanding that the logbook endorsement requirement for U.S. citizens should be done anytime an instructor/flight school is presented with a new student who received a logbook endorsement from a different school and/or location. But for students who remain at one flight school throughout their training, and are known by all the instructors, a recurring endorsement is not necessary. Is this correct?
Yes, this is a correct interpretation. Think of the endorsement as a replacement of the copy of the proof of citizenship. If you had a copy of my birth certificate from private training, and now I want to do an instrument rating, no need to run a new Xerox copy just because I'm doing a new rating.
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