More Problems With TSA Instructors' Course

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Some of the CFIs who managed to successfully complete the TSA's online security-awareness course (we heard from many readers, especially those on dialup, that the course was frustrating to take because the questions took so long to load) were faced with another complication. They couldn't print the completion certificate that was supposed to be the proof that they took the course. So AOPA convinced the agency to accept a tried-and-true (if decidedly low-tech) method of proving compliance. "Much like an endorsement, instructors can now make an entry in a logbook or other permanent record to show they've completed the required training," AOPA spokesman Rob Hackman said. The logbook entry should read, "I certify that I received security awareness training, as required by 49 CFR part 1552, on the date indicated above. I also certify that any alternate security awareness training program I used to comply with 49 CFR part 1552 meets the criteria in 49 CFR 1552.23(c)," and be signed by the CFI. Instructors not comfortable with a logbook entry (after all, you can't frame it and hang it) can download completion certificates from AOPA's Web site. There are different forms for independent and flying-school-based instructors.