...And A Delay For Certificated Pilots

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The TSA also is putting a 60-day hold, till Dec. 19, on applying the new rules to aliens who currently hold an airman's certificate, either from the FAA or a recognized foreign authority. However, this exemption does not apply to aliens without an airman's certificate, who must comply as of Oct. 20. Also weighing in on the changes was the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), which said it "welcomed" the TSA's effort. "The TSA is at least willing to have a dialogue with industry and has responded favorably to reason and logic," said NATA spokesman Stan Mackiewicz. "While this IFR [Interim Final Rule] was not the TSA's best rulemaking effort, the agency has made significant efforts to work with its industry partners to address those issues that were of significant concern." Rusty Sachs, executive director of the National Association of Flight Instructors, also welcomed the changes. "The exemptions announced by the TSA make a step in the right direction, easing the burden on our members without compromising national security in any way," he said. The revised rules are "more manageable and reasonable," Sachs added.