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Background Check Before Flight Training

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My local flight school claims a background check is required of all students before flight training, Americans and otherwise. Now, i can find the reg's that say an American must show proof of citizenship (with the required logbook endorsements), and i can find the reg's that require a TSA check of foreigners. But i can not find anything about security checks for all students at private, instrument, and multi-engine levels. Is this a 141 requirement, or is the flight school going overboard on background checks?

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  1. Carl Tyler on Mar 06, 2013

    You may find the airport that the club operates from requires a background check for ramp access, and the club is performing that process.

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  2. Seth Cassaday on May 03, 2013

    This is what need 49 CFR 1552.3 (h)
    (h) U.S. citizens and nationals and Department of Defense endorsees. A flight school must determine whether an individual is a citizen or national of the United States, or a Department of Defense endorsee, prior to providing flight training to the individual.

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