TSA Security Compliance
NATA-Compliance Services (NATACS) was created in 2002 in part to help the general aviation industry comply with stringent new air travel security requirements following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and the subsequent creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This is still our mission today.
NATACS is not a government contractor, but rather a partner with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) in helping its members succeed in business.
NATA member companies include:
- Part 135 On-Demand Air Charter Operators
- Flight Training Facilities
- Part 145 Repair Stations
- Fixed Based Operators (FBOs)
- Part 91(k) Fractional Ownership Providers
- General Aviation Airports
NATACS provides critical Human Resource (HR) and security-related services, enabling the industry to comply with numerous, and growing, TSA regulations, including:
- Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP)
- Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP)
- DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP)
- Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP)
- Flight School Security Awareness Training
- DASSP Online Training
- Repair Station Rule
On February 22, 2002, TSA published in the Federal Register a Final Rule that required "certain aircraft operators using aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or more to carry out security measures." The rule also requires that "certain aircraft operators conduct criminal history records checks on their flight crew members, and restrict access to the flight deck." TSA defines "certain aircraft operators" as those conducting operations "in scheduled or charter service, carrying passengers or cargo or both…" The program that outlines the security measures and requirements for these operators is known as the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP).
The Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP) is similar to the TFSSP but adds additional requirements for aircraft operators using aircraft with a MTOW of greater than 45,500 kg (100,309.3 pounds) or with a seating configuration of 61 or more. Operators were required to be in compliance with the program effective Apr. 1, 2003.
TSA's Interim Final Rule, which was developed in coordination with other Department of Homeland Security agencies and the Department of Defense, takes into consideration the special security needs of Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA). Under TSA's security plan, 48 flights in and out of DCA will be allowed each day. All aircraft will be required to meet the security measures set forth in the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP).
The Alien Flight Student Program is operated by the Transportation Security Administration to screen prospective flight student candidates who are not citizens of the United States, before they are allowed to undergo pilot training. This program was created in recognition that the individuals who piloted the hijacked aircraft on Sept. 11, 2001 first learned to fly at US flight schools.
We can help you make hiring decisions and help you comply with TSA regulations with confidence. By submitting fingerprint records electronically, you can receive criminal history results in days instead of months.
Security Awareness Training for Flight School Employees covers all employees that have a direct contact with flight training students AND THEY must receive initial Flight School Security Awareness Training and updated recurrent training annually thereafter. The rules and regulations for Security Awareness Training are covered under 49 CFR Part 1552 which was released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The Repair Station Security Rule establishes procedures for TSA to notify repair stations of deficiencies within a repair station’s security program, as well as for the agency to determine when an imminent security threat is present.
The security measures cover repairs stations that are on or adjacent to certain airports. They essentially call for the designation of an individual to carry out certain security responsibilities and measures to prevent unauthorized operation of large aircraft that are left unattended. The designated individuals must undergo a background check.