The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on November 18 issued a final rule for plans to move forward with implementation of its proposed Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (e-APIS), which requires general aviation pilots to file passenger names and other information to government officials before crossing a U.S. border.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today issued a final rule for plans to move forward with implementation of its proposed Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (e-APIS), which requires general aviation pilots to file passenger names and other information to government officials before crossing a U.S. border.
The TSA today published the large aircraft security program notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, opening the 60-day comment period on the NPRM.
The Department of Homeland Security is creating a new visa category, M, to replace the J-1 visa, which allows foreign flight school students to train in the U.S. but is set to expire in June 2010. The new visa will be administered by the DHS instead of the State Department, which issues J-1 visas, and all applicants will be subject to TSA criminal background checks.
If the TSA was expecting the business aviation community to embrace its Large Aircraft Security Program proposal, issued on Thursday, it is in for a major reality check.
Beginning on October 1, the passports of foreign nationals visiting the U.S. from France, Germany, Italy, the UK and 23 other countries must be computer readable or the passport holder must obtain a U.S. visa before entry. Visitors with neither a visa nor a computer-readable passport run the risk of being refused entry, at the discretion of the checkpoint official.
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) agreed to add an NBAA-backed amendment to the Aviation Security Improvements Act that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue regulations within 30 days of passage to allow eligible Part 91 aircraft to resume use of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
A “smart” security identification card that can be used by aircraft passengers and another that would be used by flight crews, aviation employees and student pilots will undergo a 90-day proof-of-concept test–beginning on or about January 1–in a partnership among the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Executive Jet Aviation, Signature Flight Support and FlightSafety International.
NBAA has completed an online Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) submission service to allow Part 135 operators to comply with new requirements to electronically transmit passenger and crew manifests to U.S. Customs before arriving in the U.S.
As of October 28, airmen are required to carry a photo identification acceptable to the agency when exercising the privileges of a pilot certificate, according to just-published revisions to FAR Part 61. Additionally, pilots are now required to present a photo identification when requested by an authorized representative of the FAA, NTSB, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or a law-enforcement officer.