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NAFI Requests TSA Regulation Change to Benefit Instructors

NAFI HEADQUARTERS, ALLEGAN, MICH.  (March 14, 2012) – Today the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) submitted a request to the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to consider a change to the current Regulation Title 49, Part 1552.23 with regard to the recurrent training requirements for "flight schools."  The proposal would allow flight instructors (which by TSA definition are considered "flight schools," to bring the timing of their Flight School Security Awareness Training, training that is currently completed yearly, in line with the currency requirements of their flight instructor certificate.

NAFI recognizes the importance of flight instructors in security awareness at airports they operate and the effect this can have on overall aviation security.  As providers of training, they are some of the most regularly visible and present individuals who can help monitor activities at airports throughout the country.  NAFI believes that this change will increase the number of instructors who are familiar with this training requirement and their compliance level.

NAFI Executive Director, Jason Blair, said "this change will likely lead to greater compliance in the flight instructor community and more structured recurrent training.  Many Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) providers already include security information in their courses, this would allow them to make this process more formal and provide the necessary documentation for their customers to meet TSA regulatory requirements."

The full text of the NAFI request can be found by clicking here.  NAFI recognizes that should the TSA agree with this proposal that the regulatory change process will take some time.  NAFI will provide update to the flight instruction community as any progress is made.

The National Association of Flight Instructors’ members work at flight schools, universities, FBO’s, corporate flight departments, in the military, and as independent instructors. NAFI was founded in 1967 and its members, who now teach in 17 countries, are dedicated to raising and maintaining the professionalism of flight instruction.

NAFI members influence active pilots daily; pilots training to advance their skills with new ratings or certificates and students working to become pilots. NAFI staff also works with industry and government and serves as a voice for flight instruction. NAFI shapes the direction of flight training.

For more information, visit www.NAFINet.org or call 866-806-6156.