On January 5, 2004, the TSA issued a further Interpretation for the Alien Flight Training Rule discussed in my September 20, 2004 and October 21, 2004 posts. The interpretation clarifies the definition of “flight training” in aircraft with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of less than 12,500 lbs.
“Flight Training” only applies to training for a recreational, sport pilot, private pilot certificate, a multiengine rating, or instrument rating. However, “flight training” does not include recurrent training such as flight reviews, proficiency checks, or other checks whose purpose is to review rules, maneuvers, or procedures, or to demonstrate a pilot’s existing skills.
For more information regarding the Interpretation, you can contact Mike Derrick, Office of Aviation Security Policy, Transportation Security Administration Headquarters, East Building TSA-9, 601 12th Street, Arlington, VA 22202-4220; telephone (571) 227-1198; e-mail Michael.Derrick@dhs.gov.