I hold an FAA private license with ASEL and AMEL class ratings and with an instrument add-on rating. [I'm trying to be precise but, basically, I've an FAA multi/IFR PPL.]
I'd like to add a Rotorcraft-Helicopter class rating to my PPL. [I.e., get rated in an R44.]
I did my fixed-wing training with AFSP approval. (I'm a permanent resident.)
Do I need to obtain AFSP approval for my helicopter training?
According to the AFSP FAQ,
Category 3 Clarification - For flight training in the operation of aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 lbs. or less, Candidates must obtain AFSP approval for the following three training events:
Single Engine Land (SEL)
-- Includes initial Airman's Certificate, including a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate. If a private and/or commercial license is the candidate's initial FAA license, it is considered an initial airman's certificate and is not exempt.
Instrument Rating (IR)
Multi Engine Land (MEL)
Each of these three events requires a separate training request.
All other training events on aircraft with MTOW of 12,500 lbs. or less are exempt from AFSP regulations, including Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). These events are exempt only if the candidate holds an FAA stand-alone pilot certificate.
But, when asked, the AFSP said that I do need to get AFSP approval. (Citing no rule.) I've asked for clarification but does anyone know for sure?