Security Clearance

Pullman Students

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We ensure that furnishing all the paperwork is fast and easy by providing close assistance to our students throughout the entire application process


"What is TSA clearance?"

From Septembers 2001, US Transportation Security Administration launched a the Alien Flight Student Program, which requires all prospective pilot students to pass a special TSA clearance before commencing any type of flight training for a license or rating under the FAA authority. This means, that no matter where the actual flight training is taking place and who the certified instructor is, as soon as the purpose of the flight training is an FAA license or rating, such student must be properly authorized by the TSA to undergo a training program.

All foregn student and even US legal residents are required to undergo this procedure.

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"Why do we need to do this?"

The mission of the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) is to ensure that foreign students seeking training at flight schools regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) do not pose a threat to aviation or national security. Section 612 of the Vision 100 - Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (Public Law 108-176, December 12, 2003) prohibits flight schools regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from providing flight training to a foreign student unless the Secretary of Homeland Security first determines that the student does not pose a threat to aviation or national security. Vision 100 transferred responsibility for conducting security threat assessments for foreign students seeking flight training from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security. On September 20, 2004, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an interim final rule establishing the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).

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"Who needs to undergo the TSA clearance?"

Raich Aerospace Group LLC Aviator DBA Sovrasco LLC Aerocadet DBA Global Air Ferry DBA The following students are required to undergo the security screening by the TSA and receive a special flight training authorization:

arrow All foreign nationals seeking to enroll on a flight training program which will result in an FAA license or rating
arrow US legal alien residents and Green Card holders that want to enroll on a flight training program which will result in an FAA license or rating
arrow All other non-US citizens who want to undergo FAA flight training or license conversion inside or outside of the US territory.


Basically, as a rule of thumb, if you are not a US citizen and want to get either the initial FAA license of any type or already have an FAA license but want to upgrade to a higher level or want to attach any kind of rating to your existent license, you will need TSA permission to do so. The good news are, that the process is not that complicated and very very few people get their training request denied by the TSA. Besides, with our highly-experienced specialists working hard on your paperwork, you have nothing to worry about.

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Disqualifying Conditions

"Who may fail the security clearance?"

Not many people are in any serious danger of failing the TSA clearance. In most cases, it's just a formality. However, the following conditions may results in problems when passing the TSA clearance:

arrow Current or former affiliation with terrorist organizations
arrow Malicious intension to enter the US to engage in unlawful or terrorist activities
arrow Incorrectly issued passport or other immigration paperwork
arrow Former or current criminal convictions of a serious nature


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Application Form

"What do I need to do in order to pass the clearance?"

To begin your TSA security clearance process, all you need to do is fill out our Student Enrollment Form. (Please see Enrollment Process page for details). It's fast ad easy and the form contains all the details we will require to help you with your security clearance.

Here is a brief check-list of all the items you will require to pass the TSA clearance:

arrow A high resolution scan of your current foreign passport's biometric page (it's a page with your picture and personal information on it). JPEG, TIF or PDF formats only.
arrow Completed and electronically signed Student Enrollment Form.
arrow Major credit or debit card to pay the online fee. (TSA requires that the fee is paid by the student personally, as a part of their security screening. We are not allowed to do this for you).
arrow A working computer with the internet connection and 30-40 minutes of your time.


Again, please do not worry! We will make sure to closely guide you through the entire process of obtaining these documents to ensure that everything is in order before you show up at the consulate.

We will send you a detailed e-mail with the instructions how to proceed in each and every step of the way. It's much easier then you think!

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"How much will this cost?"

Currently, the TSA has set it's security clearance processing fees as $130 USD per request. Each flight training course for each of the license and ratings, as well as each type of the aircraft used in such course will require a TSA request to be submitted and a processing fee to be paid directly to the TSA via their website's payment system.

Estimated TSA processing fees are:

Full Pro-Pilot program: $390
PPL only: $130
PPL/IR: $260
PPL/IR/ME: $390

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