Follow these steps to guide you quickly through the flight student registration process
International flight students as Non-U.S. Citizens have to comply with TSA regulations and requirements before they can start flight training in the U.S. We must acknowledge your registration and your flight training request to the TSA. Please send us your flight training application on-line BEFORE you start your registration on the TSA website. When your flight training application has been received and confirmed, start your registration. It may take some for TSA to process your request. Therefore, it is important to start the registration process at at least 5-7 days before your desired flight training start date. After your on-line registration is completed and your documents have been accepted by TSA, you will receive an email with instructions to have your fingerprints taken.
Once TSA has processed your documents and information, you will receive an email with “Fingerprint Instructions”. We will receive a copy of this email from TSA automatically.
We are taking your fingerprints and submit them to NATA/TSA.
You will receive an email stating “Fingerprints received, Permission to initiate training” when your request will be processed. As soon as we receive this email, you have permission to start flight training.
The final step will be the message from TSA “Final approval”. Now you will have 360 days to complete your flight training course. Your fingerprints may be stored at TSA for further flight training requests.
Who needs TSA flight training approval?
Persons seeking flight training must submit a request if they are not citizens or nationals of the U.S.
They wish to receive flight training in the U.S. or its territories, regardless of whether training will lead to an FAA certificate or type rating;
They wish to receive flight training from an FAA-certificated facility, provider, or instructor that could lead to an FAA rating whether in the U.S. or abroad.
TSA Categories 1-3
For Candidates pursuing training in aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight (MTOW) of over 12,500 lbs. who do not qualify for Category 2. Category 1 is generally for pilots who do not have a type rating for ANY aircraft with MTOW over 12,500 lbs., and have never filled out a training request with the AFSP. NOTE: After the AFSP emails a Fingerprint Receipt to the Candidate, there is a wait period that may take up to 30 days.
Candidates pursuing training in aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight (MTOW) of over 12,500 lbs. must choose one of the following subcategories NOTE: After the AFSP emails a Fingerprint Receipt to the Candidate, there is a wait period that may take up to 5 business days.
For Candidates pursuing training in aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight (MTOW) of 12,500 lbs. or less. Candidates are only required to obtain AFSP approval for the following training events:
Single Engine Land (SEL) – Includes initial Airman’s Certificate, including a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate. If a private and/or commercial license is the candidate’s initial FAA license, it is considered an initial airman’s certificate and is not exempt. Instrument Rating (IR) and Multi Engine Land (MEL)
TSA Approval is required for:
U.S. Stand-Alone Private Pilot Certificate
Commercial Pilot Training, if this will be the first FAA Stand-Alone license
Multi Engine Rating
TSA Approval may NOT be needed for:
License Validation U.S. Restricted Foreign Based
Certified Flight Instructor
Acquisition of an Endorsement
ATP Airline Transport Pilot
Florida Flyers is a certified Fingerprint Collecting location
For more information about the TSA Alien Flight Student Program, visit the TSA website here to find helpful tools and important facts.
What else to know about fingerprinting?
Hanif Sanghar at Florida Flyers is NATA Fingerprint collectors.
Shortly after your arrival we will be collecting your fingerprints for TSA electronically.
NATA fingerprint collectors are located in many countries. Find Offices abroad here.
Please be aware that we MUST wait for TSA approval first, before flight training can be started. At Florida Flyers fingerprints are electronically collected and submitted to TSA. Thus, we normally receive the permission to initiate training within 24 hours.
Once your fingerprints are scanned and recorded they can be transferred for any future training request.