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    Claudia Culmone

    As a Communications Specialist for NATA Compliance Services, Claudia brings with her a wealth of writing knowledge and experience. She worked as a legal and business investigative journalist for over 10 years, interviewing business owners, state legislators, judges and attorneys. Claudia also spent five years as an online content writer and account manager. In this capacity, she composed blogs, press releases, professional biographies and web pages for a wide range of industries, including legal. Claudia worked directly with clients to understand what their needs were, project future concerns and help them achieve their goals. Outside the office, Claudia has a second career as a fictional author. She is also an avid photographer, history junkie, weekend traveler, and a collector of music and international fairytales. Claudia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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    Criminal History Records Check (CHRC)

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Sat, Oct 08, 2022



    Depending on the type of transportation (e.g. aviation) operation, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires a fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) on certain individuals, as described by the Code of Federal Regulations, who perform certain security-sensitive job functions. For example, a CHRC must be completed for all flight crew personnel on aircraft that operates commercially and has a maximum certificated takeoff weight (MTOW) of greater than 12,500 pounds. Also, all individuals who have unescorted access to Secure Identification Display Areas (SIDA), and all individuals who perform screening functions for passengers, checked baggage and cargo require a CHRC.

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    Flight Training Security Program Information (formerly AFSP)

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Jan 31, 2022



    NOTICE: The TSA has renamed the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) as the Flight Training Security Program (FTSP)

     

    Under the Flight Training Interim Final Rule, persons seeking flight training must undergo a security threat assessment if they are not citizens or nationals of the United States, and if:

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    NATACS DASSP FBO Training

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Wed, Dec 01, 2021



    A Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) must comply with the DCA Fixed Base Operator Security Program in order to serve as a last point of departure for general aviation and charter flights into and out of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). FBOs enrolled in DASSP are required to provide certain types of training to their employees. Below is an overview of the training modules we offer.

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    Known Crewmember® Rules For Use, Effective August 30, 2021

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Nov 01, 2021



    KCM® Rules for Use are as Follows: 

     

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    Twelve-Five Standard Security Program Training Information

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Nov 01, 2021



    Aircraft operators with a TSA Twelve-Five Standard Security Program are required to provide certain training to their security-sensitive employees. Below is an overview of the training modules we offer.

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    DCA Access Standard Security Program Information

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Sun, Aug 01, 2021



    On Oct.18, 2005, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) officially reopened to general aviation traffic. Flights are permitted to/from DCA for Part 91 and Part 135 operators via the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). DASSP was developed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure all DCA operators have been properly vetted and adhere to a higher level of security standards. 

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    Maryland Three Program Information

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Thu, Jul 01, 2021



    The Maryland Three Program (MD-3) allows properly vetted private pilots to fly to, from or between the three general aviation airports closest to the National Capital Region. These airports are collectively known as the "Maryland Three" airports; they include College Park Airport (CGS), Potomac Airfield (VKX) and Hyde Executive Field (W32). These airports are within the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ.) 

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    DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) Training

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Tue, Jun 01, 2021



    An aircraft operator must comply with the measures of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) to receive authorization to conduct flights into and out of DCA. One of the requirements is to provide certain training to employees involved with the program. Below is an overview of the training modules we offer.

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    U.S. Supports Venezuelan Passport Extension

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Dec 23, 2019



    In June of 2019, the U.S. State Department expressed support of the National Assembly of Venezuela’s decree, extending printed expiration dates on Venezuelan passports for an additional five years. The move comes in the midst of a crisis that has been building for years within Venezuela’s borders and has now expanded into the global arena.

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    Real ID and the Reality of Not Having It

    Posted by Claudia Culmone on Thu, Jun 27, 2019



    Since January 22, 2018, travelers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is not REAL ID-compliant are required to present an alternative form of identification before boarding a commercial aircraft. Luckily, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website shows all states and territories are compliant or have been granted an extension. As of October 1, 2020, however, anyone planning to travel on a federally-regulated aircraft will be required to present a REAL ID or other acceptable form of ID.

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    "I have to say that using NATA is the the best decision I have made in starting and running our 135 Dept. Early on Emily and the entire group never got tired of my endless questions! *Not that they showed anyway;-). We use them for EVERYTHING, starting at PRIA, Drug Program, Records Storage, all the way thru Audit Prep and just answering all my questions. I seriously could not do this without them. Even when my rep Emily is busy, I can rely on Claudia, or Dan for immediate help. The service we receive is well worth what we pay and then some!!"

    Shellie Foster

    - Charter Director

    Clemens Aviation LLC
    I got a gold star from the TSA inspector who inspected our flight school last year, but that's because my company paid me ground time to research AFSP and make a new AFSP student checklist. Even so, I had one (of 3) AFSP applicants rejected initially due to some of the errors you talk about in the blog. I just wanted to shoot you an email and say thanks for making the effort to clarify the process for all of us. I get the impression that there are a lot of the CFIs out there in the small flight schools who haven't got a clue about the AFSP process. So go ahead and feel good about yourself for helping all us lost boys stay in business and out of the trouble.

    Patrick

    - The CFI