ALPA Members: FFDO Positions Available, Applications Needed by Aug. 14
The Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) has informed ALPA’s Aviation Security
chair, Capt. Fred Eissler, that funding is available for new slots to train new
Federal Flight Deck Officers during Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The FFDO program has
a large number of initial training slots to fill prior to September 30 (the end
of FY2012) and the 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. Each class will be
held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia, N.M.,
and is one week in duration (Sunday through Saturday). FAMS has informed ALPA
that 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, September 16-22, and September
If you have the availability and desire to attend one of
the classes in September, please send an e-mail to
FFDO@alpa.org with 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 e-mail will be sent confirming your request has been forwarded. After
interim background checks, the FAMS will select eligible candidates for the
September class dates. 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
The FFDO website “Dashboard” is a secure, web-based scheduling and
communication tool used by the FAMS to oversee the FFDO program, which is
presently not operational. Since successful FFDO program trainees cannot be
issued credentials, weapons or function as an active FFDO until the revised
Dashboard is up and running, FAMS plans 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 once the new Dashboard is complete.
The FAMS will be working on the Dashboard with a new contractor in August, and
this is a top priority.
This information is being promulgated simultaneously by ALPA and other pilot
organizations to their respective members. 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, so interested pilots
should apply as soon as possible, but not later than August 14.