TSA Training Requirements

OVERVIEW – TSA has issued Title 49 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations Part 1552 that prohibits a flight school from providing flight training in an aircraft or aircraft simulator to non US Citizens unless the flight school or the candidate submits certain information to TSA. TSA will then determine that the candidate is not a threat to aviation or national security.

YOUR FLIGHT TRAINING MAY BE DELAYED

  • TSA applications for type ratings should be made at least 30 days prior to your scheduled training event.
  • TSA applications for recurrent training should be made at least 10 days prior to your scheduled training

For each Category of Training pilots must create or update their TSA account at: www.flightschoolcandidates.gov

Under this Rule, there are four categories of candidates:

  • Category 1 is for pilots who do not have a heavy type rating (over 12,500 lbs.) on their FAA or foreign airman certificate. Initial Type Rating TSA Approval Process
  • Category 2 is for pilots who do have a heavy type rating (over 12,500 lbs.) on their FAA or foreign airman certificate, but are training in an aircraft they are not currently qualified in. Initial Type Rating TSA Approval Process
  • Category 3 is for pilots training in any aircraft with a MTOW of 12,500 lbs. or less. (Note: in many cases Category 3 is waived and no TSA application is required. Check with your learning center).
  • Category 4 is for pilots who are training in aircraft they are already qualified in, for example recurrent training. No fingerprints are required.Recurrent TSA Approval Process
  1. Course Code: Enter name of course e.g. 777 Recurrent

Student ID: Enter TBD

BMA recognizes that these requirements place a burden on you, our customer. Please be assured that we appreciate your patience and understanding. Please feel free to contact your BMA representative or the training center involved if you have any questions +1 800-864-1256.

FAA Foreign License Verification

If you want an FAA certificate at the end of training, you will need a letter from the FAA verifying your foreign certificate. We would need a letter of authenticity from the FAA to validate your foreign license prior to training. This process takes 45 – 90 days to complete.

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