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Federal Flight Deck Officer



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

Additionally, individuals must pass a bi-annual firearms requalification. All eligible flight crew members will attend a one week training in Artesia, New Mexico. There is no fee to participate in the Federal Flight Deck Officer program. Training and equipment costs are covered by TSA.

For more information, please email your inquiry.