General aviation security is something that affects everyone (CFIs, students, and flight schools alike…as well as the public). It is important that you know, and adhere to, the rules and regulations regarding the verification of citizenship for U.S. citizens seeking flight training and/or the Alien Flight Student Program for foreign students before beginning flight training.

It is even more critical to stay vigilant for threats to aviation security. YOU are the front line, the first watch.

Do your part to ensure that your airport and flight school are kept safe by staying vigilant, adhering to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines, and keeping up-to-date on the latest threats.

Don’t Forget — Answer these questions on your own:

  1. Has your flight school (or yourself if you are an independent CFI) implemented any new security measures? If so, what are they and how will they aid in general aviation security?
  2. Have there been any security incidents (however minor) at your flight school or airport, and if so have any lessons been learned as a result? If so, what were the lessons learned, and how will you take what you learned and apply it to future security measures?