...As They Work To Sort Out Flight-Training Rules

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For the nation's 88,728 flight instructors, AOPA said it is nevertheless seeking immediate relief from the confusion and burdensome requirements of the existing rule. "There are more than 3,400 flight schools in the United States," Boyer said in a news release. "Concern and confusion currently reign. Our recent survey indicated only one in 10 schools was aware of the rule. We cannot expect these people to abandon their businesses to become agents of the government by certifying applications and photographing alien students." Stone summed up the TSA's mandate as making sure "we never have a repeat of 9/11." His main concern: "How can we stop people from using flight training they receive in the U.S. as a weapon against us? We need to make sure it doesn't happen again."