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Old 20th Mar 2013, 22:26
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Do I need TSA approval?

I'm going to the U.S. soon for a Citation type rating course. I wonder if I need to apply for a TSA? I have a European CPL/IR/ME and valid type rating for another a/c if it has any significance.
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 01:00
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Yes, definitely !
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Old 21st Mar 2013, 01:18
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Each & every type rating requires TSA approval.
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Old 23rd Mar 2013, 14:52
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Ok, so I need permission. Even if I only fly simulator during the rating course?
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Old 23rd Mar 2013, 19:39
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Yes, even if you only fly the simulator.

I was on a Gulfstream course in the US and there was a gentleman in the class who waited did his fingerprinting on arrival at Flight Safety. The TSA approval arrived back *just* in time for him to start sim training (he could do CPTs without it, that's it) - he was beginning to worry... extra stress that could have been avoided.

Also, a mechanic friend of mine was on a maintenance course and they had a session or two in the sim to learn ground runs, troubleshooting, etc. They could start engines and run a few drills and stuff, but they couldn't close the door, put the motion on, or take it "up" for a fun circuit since none of them had (nor required) the TSA clearance.

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Old 23rd Mar 2013, 21:22
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Ok

Thank you!
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Old 26th Mar 2013, 07:32
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Hi Flyah,
Just for future reference for you, TSA clearance is required for recurrent training as well as initial courses.
Have fun!
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Old 26th Mar 2013, 09:14
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Thanks for your response! Do I need anything else then the TSA approval? I am just planning to do some simulator hours and a skill test for a small jet type rating (JAA) in the U.S. Have no intentions to convert my license or something like that.
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Old 26th Mar 2013, 09:44
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Flyah,
It is best to check the exact requirements with your training provider as I know it can vary from place to place - different interpretations of the same rules...........
I can tell you that I have required TSA approval for every training event I have had in the US (FAA and JAA alike) but have never required a visa (UK Passport holder).
Some friends of mine have trained at other schools and been required to get M1 or B1/B2 visas variously, so it seems a bit hit and miss really.
As I say though, best bet is check what your training provider wants you to have and go with that.
I've just completed my latest TSA approval yesterday ready for some fun in the sim in a couple of weeks time and the process seems to be running smoothly at the moment
Enjoy the States when you get there too.
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Old 3rd Apr 2013, 21:11
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Just an FYI. I teach at a FAA FAR part 142 center on the Falcon EASy aircraft. I thought you might be interested in the clarification of the categories.

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

https://www.flightschoolcandidates.g...e=c&section=WN

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Old 24th Apr 2013, 22:03
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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).
That is a little misleading. There are strict criteria that determine what might be exempt. Essentially, first issue of a full FAA certificate (whether it be Private or Commercial) requires TSA - even for somebody who may already hold a 61.75 based on cert.

Check out the FAQ on the AFSP website:
https://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/afsp2/?acct_type=c§ion=WN#faq
in particular step 2.
as is Step 8 in the category guide as who must apply:
https://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/afsp2/?acct_type=c§ion=WN#guide

Originally Posted by Chinchilla.612
As I say though, best bet is check what your training provider wants you to have and go with that.
A lot depends on the training provider's own status with SEVIS.
If they are not SEVIS approved - you may find an unscrupulous flight school possibly tell a student that s/he doesn't need a M1 Visa (for example) - because they are not in a position to sponsor the student - rather than turn business away.
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Old 1st Jun 2013, 18:00
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INFORMATIONS

Hi,
I need a piece of information about time building in USA.
Greece is very expensive. I hold cpl / jar fcl with 135 hours.
What I have to do to become FI ?
Thanks
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Old 3rd Jun 2013, 22:02
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Time building as PIC in a 'N' reg. you will need an FAA certificate.
For CFI, you will need TSA, VISA and a commercial (single or multi) FAA certificate.

Hope that helps
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Old 4th Jun 2013, 08:31
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Slowtation !

Flyah, I did my Citation 500 initial at SIMCOM in Orlando, FL.
They take care of all the paperwork and approvals required.
Price +/- USD 16000
They also type CJ 1,2,3.
I ended up instructing there, great outfit !

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Old 19th Jun 2013, 06:07
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They could start engines and run a few drills and stuff, but they couldn't close the door, put the motion on, or take it "up" for a fun circuit since none of them had (nor required) the TSA clearance.
A once glorious and pioneering industry, now sadly reduced to the above.
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Old 19th Jun 2013, 06:44
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TSA approval needed for FAA training anywhere

Even when if in London or Dubai TSA approval is needed.

SO just to show the logic involved, if I was doing a JAA recurrent I could be in the same sim doing basically the same training as a FAA guy who needed foreign government approval to do the same stuff.

Then we can both go and fly a VP aircraft together to America.....


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Old 19th Jun 2013, 11:56
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I'm going to the U.S. soon for a Citation type rating course. I wonder if I need to apply for a TSA? I have a European CPL/IR/ME and valid type rating for another a/c if it has any significance.
Yes you do need a TSA approval - don`t leave home without it.

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Old 24th Aug 2013, 17:01
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TSA for CFI revalidation?

I'd appreciate some feedback.
I've got a US ATP and my CFI-II-ME needs to be "revalidated" that is by a ride with one of the designated airman examiners.

When I read the regs, it does not appear to me that I need to obtain the TSA. I don't live in the USA, I don't intend to work in the USA but will use it in Canada
for the odd check ride while instructing.

My US ATP was issued by itself in the USA and NOT based on a reciprocal license.

I'd like to avoid the cost of the $120 fee if possible.
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Old 24th Aug 2013, 20:33
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First of all, I take it you are "reinstating" (not revalidating) your CFI because more than 2 years has gone by. Don't let this happen again.

There's not much about CFI certs on the TSA web site. Since you are not adding to your skill set, I'd say no clearance is required. Lots of contact info on the AOPA web site (search TSA on the AOPA site.)
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Old 23rd Oct 2013, 09:05
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Hi There,

I am flying a private EC130 off the back of a yacht about to head over to Florida from Europe and was wanting some information on security clearances. The machine is registered in Aruba and all operations will be conducted as private. I keep reading TSA requirements for flight training but my flying is generally scenics.
I am also a New Zealand citizen if that makes any difference?

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