GAMA Testifies Before House Subcommittee about Enhancements to Alien Flight Student Program
- The House Transportation Subcommittee, chaired by Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL), held a hearing about how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Alien Flight Student Program. Jens Hennig, Vice President of Operations, testified on behalf of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
The hearing focused on the security requirements established after September 11, 2001 for foreign nationals obtaining flight training for FAA pilot certificates. GAMA specifically discussed policy changes developed jointly between industry and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) during the past few years and a GAMA petition filed in 2011 to restructure the alien flight student program. GAMA also provided the association's perspectives on the recommendations released by the Government Accountability Office to reform the program.
"GAMA believes the restructuring of the program will provide a more effective vetting of foreign nationals seeking flight training while increasing the efficiency of the program," said Jens Hennig, GAMA's Vice President of Operations. "We look forward to working with TSA to adopt and implement these changes."
GAMA's President and CEO Pete Bunce testified before the Senate Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), on the state of the U.S. aviation industry and how the industry can maintain its global leadership.