TSA Hears More From AOPA

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No Quick Fixes Foreseen...

TSA chief David Stone, freshly back in D.C. after a big dose of GA reality from the crowds at AOPA Expo last month, got a bit more of it last Wednesday in the form of a personal visit from AOPA prez Phil Boyer. Boyer and senior AOPA staffers sat down with Stone, and together they hashed out plans to address three priority issues regarding the TSA's alien flight-training rules: defining flight training, streamlining the TSA's citizenship-validation process and simplifying the requirements for flight instructors. "Let me caution those immediately affected by the Oct. 20 rule," Boyer said. "This is not going to happen overnight." Boyer said there is not going to be any quick fix because the TSA needs to comply with the congressional mandate that drove the rulemaking in the first place. AOPA said it may need to go back to Congress in January to obtain relief from the restrictive language.