It's been a year since the alien flight training rule has been put into effect. Now the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is checking to make sure flight instructors and flight schools are complying with the requirements for security awareness training, citizenship validation, and obtaining TSA approval to train non-U.S. citizens.
"Flight instructors may be receiving a voluntary questionnaire from the regional TSA federal security director (FSD)," said Rob Hackman, AOPA manager of regulatory and certification policy. "They're trying to determine who is an active instructor and if active CFIs are aware of the rules and are complying with them."
Responding to the mailing is totally voluntary, but there are reasons why a CFI would want to answer the questions.
"If you tell them you're inactive, they probably won't contact you again," said Hackman. "But if they can't confirm your status, the FSD can ask for an interview and review your logs and paperwork. And that request you do have to comply with."
September 1, 2005