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Complete the online application.


Application must be completed within 60 minutes.

The Federal Flight Deck Officer Program authorizes flight crew members to use firearms to defend against an act of criminal violence and air piracy while attempting to gain control of an aircraft.


  • Pilots
  • Flight engineers
  • Flight navigators

To be eligible, you must have:

  • A current FAA airman certificate
  • A current class one or class two medical certificate
  • U.S. citizenship

All eligible crew members will attend a one week training in Artesia, New Mexico.

For more information, please email your inquiry.


Register online for Crew Member Self Defense Program training.


Active crew members of all domestic scheduled carriers are eligible for the training program.

The Crew Member Self Defense Training Program provides 4-hours of training to prepare active crew members of all domestic scheduled carriers for potential physical altercations both on and off the aircraft.

To register for this no-cost training, search for the training course near you and submit the online registration form. Reporting instructions will be provided upon registration and successful verification of employment.

For more information, please email your inquiry. Or call (877) 407-2673.

Class Location

The Federal Air Marshal Service provides training of armed security officers required on approved flights associated with restoration of general aviation and charter flight operations at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA).

The training is designed to better prepare the qualified active, retired and former law enforcement officer to react within the unique general aircraft enviromnent in the event of an in-flight crisis on approved flights into DCA.


In order to apply to the ASO Program, a candidate must be nominated by a company/organization that has been granted approval by the DCA Access Standard Security Program. All nominating companies must be an approved aircraft operator and their security coordinators must be listed in the program database. Nominating companies must first become an approved aircraft operator complying with the provisions of the DCA Access Standard Security Plan or be an airport-based operator that has been approved by the TSA. Companies will not be able to nominate ASO candidates until their approval process is complete and certified by the program.

ASO Program Nomination Form


To participate in the ASO Program, an individual must:

  • Participate voluntarily.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Be free from any emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the requirements of the position.
  • Have successfully completed a certificated program of basic law enforcement training conducted by an entity authorized to train persons to perform as a law enforcement officer.
  • Be an active law enforcement officer in good standing; a qualified retired officer; or a qualified former officer in good standing each requiring a minimum of four years law enforcement experience.
  • Not have been terminated for cause by a previous law enforcement employer or have had an approval or authorization revoked by TSA, or been subject to a serious disciplinary action by a previous employer.
  • Not have had a certification revoked by TSA.

To remain in active status, an ASO must re-qualify with their firearm, maintain eligibility through Lautenberg Certification, and maintain a valid FAA Class II medical. ASO must also successfully complete the Recurrent Training Program at five year intervals.

An ASO could have their status reduced to ‘inactive’ for failure to comply with the above mentioned guidelines. An inactive status will result in the ASOs inability to serve as an ASO on any general aviation or charter flight.

For more information, please email your inquiry or call (703) 487-0044.