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NAFI Efforts Help Obtain Security Modifications for Flight Instructors and Schools

January 11, 2005 - NAFI HEADQUARTERS, OSHKOSH, Wis. - The National Association of Flight Instructors is rushing to inform flight instructors and flight schools about the details of modifications just released by the Transportation Security Administration, which ease and clarify record-keeping requirements training both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. The new details clarify the TSA requirements announced last September, which placed new burdens on instructors and schools.

“We’re pleased that TSA has responded to the requests and suggestions that NAFI brought forward last fall,” said Rusty Sachs, NAFI Executive Director. “The thousands of NAFI members within the flight instruction community have always been ready to comply with common-sense security enhancements, but there were several areas in the new rules that were either confusing or created tremendous financial and record-keeping burdens.”

Among the areas modified or clarified in TSA’s announcement were those for training international students; risk assessment of pilots in training; proof-of-identity requirements for U.S. citizens; among other topics. Complete details are available at NAFI’s web site at www.nafinet.org.

“Balance is essential in developing security rules for flight training,” Sachs said. “While we’re pleased with these modifications, NAFI will continue to speak for its members to prevent overly burdensome or arbitrary requirements on the nation’s teachers of flight.”

NAFI was founded in 1967 and is dedicated to raising and maintaining the professional standing of flight instructors throughout the nation, as well as providing a safe and effective learning situation for students. In addition, NAFI initiates education and support programs throughout the aviation industry. The organization affiliated with EAA in May 1995. More information is available through NAFI’s World Wide Web site (www.nafinet.org).