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I have an AFSP (TSA) approval to train with a part 61 provider. I want to transfer from them to an individual part 61 CFI. Do I need to go through the AFSP approval process again?

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    $\begingroup$ Your question is a little unclear. Do you already have TSA approval to train at a part 141 school, but you want to switch to a part 61 instructor? If so, is your question whether that requires another TSA approval? $\endgroup$ – Pondlife May 24 '16 at 20:40
  • $\begingroup$ i have approval to train at part 61, and want to switch to part 61 instructor for a Private Pilot License. $\endgroup$ – Arun May 26 '16 at 15:34
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Yes, you will need to apply for AFSP approval for your new training provider. The Application Guide for the AFSP says in step 7:

It is possible for a Candidate to have several active training requests at a given time. These requests may be for the same or different flight training providers. Each training request form will be processed separately; AFSP approval is valid only for the Provider listed in the application.

So if you needed AFSP approval for your original training provider, you will need a new approval to switch to a different provider.

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Yes you do. I've had two Germans and an Indian receive training from me while here on visas. I was freelance, and they all had to go through ASFP.

There must be a new training request submitted each time a student in this situation changes training providers, and yes, I had to register with flightschoolcandidates.gov as a flight training provider and was involved with the students' application processes.

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  • $\begingroup$ did you have to register with AFSP or TSA as a flight trainer so people could select your name as instructor. Because i see only flight schools in the list $\endgroup$ – Arun May 26 '16 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ The question was rewritten and now this does not answer it. $\endgroup$ – Jan Hudec May 26 '16 at 16:44
  • $\begingroup$ @Arun yes, you will need to communicate with your desired instructor on this issue. He/she will need to register. $\endgroup$ – Ryan Mortensen May 26 '16 at 17:27
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Yes, every flight school change is a new request according to the AOPA FAQ for aliens. You might not need to give fingerprints but you will have to pay the 130$ registration fee again to go to a different flight school.

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You can't transfer an approval so yes, you need to get a new one. From AFSP's Application Guide:

  • TSA cannot transfer your training event request from one flight training provider to another flight training provider. TSA approval is valid only for the flight training provider listed on the training event request.
  • You may desire to build more flight hours than the flight training provider can accommodate. You may train simultaneously with more than one flight training provider; however, you must submit a flight training event request for each provider.
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