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Great News! FFDO training funding still exists for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The FFDO program has a large number of initial training slots to fill prior to September 30, 2012 (the end of FY2012.) and the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) has requested our assistance to recruit candidates to fill these available slots. This is a fast track opportunity for anyone interested in becoming an FFDO. Three initial training classes are scheduled for September, 2012. Each class will be held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia, NM and is one week in duration (Sunday through Saturday). Prior to applying you must be certain that you will be able to attend at least one of the classes prior to submitting your name.

Specific class dates are:
September 9-15, 2012
September 16-22, 2012
September 23-29, 2012

If you have the availability and desire to attend one of the classes in September please send an email to Marcus Flagg at
the following information: Name, Pilot Certificate number, E-mail address, contact phone number, Airline employer, current A/C type and desired class dates in order of preference.
All names will be forwarded to the FAMS in the order they are received, and a return email will be sent confirming your request has been forwarded. After interim background checks, the FAMS will select eligible candidates to participate in the September classes. There are no guarantees as to selection. Upon successful completion of a full background check you’ll be finalized into the FFDO program. Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to/from Artesia, and must also cover the cost of meals and lodging at FLETC (approximately $34 per day.) The FFDO Program covers the cost of training and equipment.

The FFDO Website “Dashboard” is a secure web based scheduling and communication tool used by the FAMS to oversee the FFDO program. Since successful FFDO program trainees cannot be issued credentials, weapons or function as an active FFDO until the revised Dashboard is up and running, in order to take advantage of currently available slots the plan is to have participants complete the initial training at Artesia and then go to a requalification site of their choice to be issued credentials and weapon when the new Dashboard is complete. The FAMS will be working the Dashboard with a new contractor in August, and this is a top priority.

This information is being promulgated simultaneously by CAPA, ALPA and FFDOA to their respective members and these classes represent the only remaining FFDO initial training opportunities for FY2012. Slots are limited and we do not know when this opportunity will come again
. If you are serious about becoming an FFDO we suggest you apply ASAP as applications will likely fill up quickly and the application window closes August 14th.