News - TSA Reviewing Interim Final Rule for the Alien Flight Student Program 49 CFR Part 1552 - Open Again to Public Comments on the Regulation

In 2004, the TSA published an interim rule relating to the vetting and approval process for flight training provided to non-US citizens. Since then, the industry has been working under interim rules that were to eventually be followed by final rules. Government processes such as these do take time, and the TSA is now working to finalize a rule that will no longer be interim. In this effort, the TSA has again offered a short period of time that it will accept comments from interested parties.

These rules govern the approval processes, the types and frequency of training that training providers must have and provide for their staff, and the security and vetting processes that are conducted for potential students. They may also include things such as limitations on time periods for training to be completed, what documentation must be submitted, and what fees the providers or students will incur in the process of training approval.

The TSA has specifically noted that the goal of accepting public comments is to,

"ensure TSA has adequately considered relevant options, we are reopening the comment period on the IFR. In particular, TSA is requesting comments on three types of issues: Scope of security threat assessments (STAs), including who should receive them and the frequency of such assessments; options for reducing the burden of recordkeeping requirements, including the use of electronic records; and sources of data on costs and other programmatic impacts of the rule."

FSANA encourages flight training providers who are engaged with providing flight training to non-US citizens carefully review this rule proposal and provide any feedback they may find helpful to the TSA to ensure that any training burden is not increased while still helping the TSA ensure that safety and security is maintained.

Comments on the Alien Flight Student Program must be provided to TSA in writing through the public docket at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=TSA_FRDOC_0001-0398
and must be received by June 18, 2018.