International Flight Training Students

Air Associates is pleased to offer training to International Students and Resident Aliens (Green Card holders). You must apply to the TSA before beginning your training. Please follow the guide below to apply.

PLEASE FOLLOW EACH STAGE IN THIS GUIDE:
STAGE 1-A. Obtain a User ID and Password from TSA
The applicant (International Student or Resident Alien) will register on the TSA website:
http://www.flightschoolcandidates.gov All International Students and Resident Aliens (Green Card Holders) are required to submit personal information to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), so a background check can be completed prior to starting each flight training course at Air Associates.
• At www.flightschoolcandidates.gov get a “user id” and a “password.” As a first-time visitor the applicant will click on the “new student account” link beside the “login” icon.
• Complete the On-Line Account Request Form and click on the “submit request” button.
• The “user id” and “password” from TSA will arrive by email almost immediately.

STAGE 1-B. Provide TSA with Candidate Information
• After receiving the User Name and Password from TSA, the International Student or
Resident Alien logs in at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov.
• Complete all required information in Part 1 – Steps 1 through Step 6
The following will take to each step inside this document:
Step: 1–Basic Information
Step: 2–Other Names
Step: 3–Citizenship Information
Step: 4–Identification Numbers
Step: 5–Address Information
Step: 6–Employment

STUDENT CANDIDATE INFORMATION
STAGE 1-C. Provide TSA with Request for Training details

• Complete all required information in TSA Part 2 – Step 7
NOTE: Regardless of the total amount of training you intend to do, this initial application
is only for the first course in your program. This example is for the Private Pilot
course where most students begin their training


State – Kansas (Get from drop down menu)
Provider – Air Associates

Course ID#: Private
This varies based on your starting point. Most people begin with the private pilot or sport course. You only list the first course in your program for this initial application form. The example (image) above is for the private pilot course. Here are the other course options (type in the bold word in the CourseID# box).

  • Sport Pilot Certificate – Sport
  • Private Pilot Certificate – Private
  • Instrument Rating  – Instrument
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate – Commercial 
  • Multi Engine Rating – Multi-engine
  • Certified Flight Instructor – CFI
  • CFI Instrument – CFII 
  • CFI Multiengine – MEI

Class Name: Category 3 – Initial License
This name varies based on your starting point. Most people begin with the INITIAL private
pilot course. You only list the first course in your program for this application
form. The example (image) above is for the Initial private pilot course. Here are the
other course options.

Category 3 – Initial License
Category 3 – Instrument Rating
Category 3 – Multi-Engine Rating
Category 1 or 2 Training Event

Aircraft Types: CE172, CE162, CE182

In this section you select the type of aircraft you want to fly during your training. We suggest you put any of our aircraft you may want to fly during your training. There is no problem putting aircraft and then not flying them. But, you cannot fly any aircraft type not put in this section.

Air Associates Aircraft
-CESSNA 162*
-CESSNA 172*
-CESSNA 172RG (Retractable Gear, Used mainly for Commercial Training)
-CESSNA 182
-CESSNA 350 Corvalis
-BEECHCRAFT DUCHESS BE-76 (Multi-Engine Rating)
*Suggested when applying for Initial Private License

Start Date & End Date:
Please note that for the purpose of this application you can specify up to a 365
day period from your start date.

While you should be able to complete Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Multiengine courses in six to seven months, we allow for up to a year on this application to cover any delays.

STAGE 1-D.
Complete information in Part 2 – Step 8
• Please Choose “Category 3”: Candidates who request training for aircraft with a maximum
certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or less.

STAGE 1-E. Provide TSA Required Documents
You have a number of options (upload, email, and fax) to deliver these documents.

STAGE 1-F. Payment to TSA
After completing your application, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will notify the flight school that you have submitted your application. The flight school will verify that you have made arrangements to train at that school. Once TSA has verified your information with the flight training provider, you will receive email instructions on how to pay the $130 processing fee.

STAGE 2. Finger Prints
After paying the TSA Application Fee, the International Student or Resident Alien will be asked to get fingerprinted. The fingerprint cards and the application fee must be received by TSA before the flight training can begin. Please visit https://www.natacs.aero/afsp/homepage.asp for more information on getting fingerprinted.
NOTE:
• There may be an additional charge for this service.
• If TSA determines that the International Student or Resident Alien is a security threat and
the student has started their training, the school will be notified and the flight training will
be stopped immediately
Fingerprint Procedures Update
• Effective 17 April 2006, if a candidate submits/submitted fingerprints prior to paying for his/her training request and receiving the official Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) fingerprinting instructions, the fingerprints are invalid and the associated training request(s) will be cancelled.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION –– International Student and Resident Aliens MUST:
• be 17 years old to earn and hold a Private Pilot License.
• be 18 years old to earn and hold a Commercial Pilot License.
• be able to Read, Speak, Write and Understand English.
• be able to pass and hold a Class II FAA Medical Examination.
• be photographed at the start of their flight training program.

STUDENT CANDIDATE INFORMATION
Training Dates
• For training requests, training dates may not exceed one year. After a candidate receives approval to train, they must begin within 180 days.

TSA QUESTIONS
If you should have questions throughout the application process please view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link or you can contact the Alien Flight Student Program Help Desk at AFSP.help@dhs.gov or (703) 542-1222.

If you are an AFSP Candidate, and are in need of a new account on the system, please select the link in order to fill out an account request template. If you already have an account on the TSA system but forgot your password, please select the
link in order to reset your password.

The Transportation Security Administration‟s (TSA) Alien Flight Student Program website (www.flightschoolcandidates.gov ). The mission of the Alien Flight Student Program is to ensure that Non-U.S. Citizen candidates seeking training at flight schools regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) do not pose a threat to aviation or national security. This website contains the application for aliens seeking to train at FAA-regulated flight schools. Candidates are required to complete this application prior to beginning flight training in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 44939 and 49 CFR 1552.

Taking flight training without an appropriate visa could be a violation of your immigration status and could result in your arrest and removal from the United States; therefore, it is important that you have a visa that permits you to take flight training in the United States. If you do not possess the correct visa, or if you have questions pertaining to your visa status or the appropriate visas for flight training, please contact your local Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services at 1-800- 375-5283 or at, http://www.uscis.gov or the State Department Consular Affairs Office for assistance. The AFSP will deny flight training requests from candidates who are present in the United States illegally or who do not have an appropriate visa for flight training. Fees paid for denied applications are not refundable.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit:
http://www.aopa.org/tsa_rule/
www.flightschoolcandidates.gov

Or contact us at:
(913)764-4800
leeann@airassociatesinc.com

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