Late last month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved a five-year extension of its partnership with National Air Transportation Association Compliance Services (NATACS) to provide security across a broad range of programs that provide security in the critical general aviation sector. The agreement authorizes NATACS to continue as a Trusted Fingerprint Facility to process Biographical and Biometric information for General Aviation and Commercial Aviation populations worldwide.
NATACS has been partnered with TSA since 2002; under the revised and extended agreement its work for the agency can continue until December 2016. NATACS is a partially owned subsidiary of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the leading organization for the air charter industry in the U.S.
Under the agreement, NATACS will provide all pre-enrollment, enrollment, fingerprint collection, and secure data transmission for TSA-conducted background checks on tens of thousands of aircrew members and flight students each year. NATACS retains its designation as a Trusted Fingerprint Facility.
NATACS ensures that all TSA security requirements are adhered to so the agency can conduct background checks to determine whether known or potential terrorists are seeking access to general aviation facilities. NATACS manages a workforce of more than 200 certified enrollment specialists worldwide who conduct collections for regulated parties in industry.
"We are honored to continue our work with TSA and to have received this extension. NATACS exists to help TSA carry out its security mission and ensure industry compliance with strict requirements, all while minimizing costs and the impact on commerce. NATACS looks forward to an ongoing, strong partnership with TSA in the coming years," said Michael Sundheim, CEO of NATACS.
The programs NATACS helps industry comply with include:
- Part 135 on-demand air charter operators participating in the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program, Private Charter Standard Security Program and DCA Access Standard Security Program
- Flight training facilities participating in the Alien Flight Student Program
- Part 145 repair stations
- Fixed-based operators (FBOs)
- Part 91k fractional ownership operators
- General aviation airports
The agreement also provides NATACS with the authority to collect fingerprints for employees and contractors of commercial airports and air carriers.
For more information, please visit www.natacs.aero.