No Apparent Terrorism Link
are investigating a flight school near San Diego, CA on
suspicion of sponsoring student visas while lacking Federal
Aviation Administration certification.
Anglo-American Aviation, located on Gillespie Field in suburban
El Cajon, voluntarily shut down last week when immigration agents
executed search warrants and seized records, reports the San Jose
Mercury News. The school resumed flying on Friday, after
immigrations agents returned the school's logbooks.
No arrests have been made.
Flight schools are required to have FAA certification to sponsor
foreign students for flight training in the US. Anglo-American
allowed its FAA certification to lapse last year, said agency
spokesman Ian Gregor.
Visa applications for foreign flight training students are
subject to background checks by the US State Department.
"Any time this kind of violation occurs, we’re going to
make sure we do a very thorough investigation including any
possible security breaches,” said ICE spokeswoman Lauren
Mack. "But the investigation is ongoing and it would be premature
to make any terrorism link.”
The school has no links to flight training facilities used by
the 9/11 hijackers, the paper stated.
A lawyer for Anglo-American characterizes any violations as
technicalities. "The gist of the investigation is that these guys
have authority through the FAA to issue these forms that allow
foreigners to apply for visas to come here, and the question is
whether they kept doing that after they lost their
certification,” said Jeremy Warren.
Anglo-American has been incorporated since 1994, and offers
programs specifically tailored toward students from Europe and
India, offering both FAA and JAA licenses and ratings in a
condensed time frame.