Justice finally issues background check process

 - October 12, 2007, 6:01 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last month published its long-awaited rule that establishes the process for undergoing comprehensive background checks by aliens seeking first-time flight training in aircraft with mtow of more than 12,500 pounds. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), signed into law on Nov. 19, 2001, mandated background checks on aliens seeking flight training in large aircraft. However, until last month the DOJ had not published the process for conducting the required checks, preventing aliens from receiving flight training in the U.S. The rule becomes effective March 17.