More Proposed Changes to FAA Regulations

The FAA has published another Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF here) that would make several significant changes to training for the commercial certificate and the private certificate and instrument rating, the definition of "complex aircraft," training in Beech aircraft with single, throwover control yokes, and other areas of Parts 61 and 141.

The document is worth reviewing, especially if you’re a flight instructor. If the changes follow the usual process, the new rules won’t take effect for at least a year. Comments are due November 30, 2009.

The FAA is proposing several changes to our pilot, flight instructor, and pilot school certification rules. The proposals include requiring pilot-in-command (PIC) proficiency checks for pilots who act as PIC of single piloted, turbojet-powered airplanes; allowing pilot applicants to apply for a private pilot certificate and an instrument rating concurrently; and making allowance in the rule to provide for the issuance of standard U.S. pilot certificates on the basis of an international licensing agreement between the FAA and a foreign civil aviation authority. The FAA has recently entered into such an agreement with the civil aviation authority of Canada. The FAA is also proposing to allow pilot schools to use Internet-based training programs without requiring schools to have a physical ground training facility. The FAA is proposing to allow pilot schools and provisional pilot schools to apply for a combined private pilot certification and instrument rating course. The FAA is also proposing to revise the definition of ‘‘complex airplane.’’ Because of changing technology in aviation, the results of successful research, and an international agreement, the FAA has determined these proposed changes to
the pilot, flight instructor, and pilot school certification rules are necessary to ensure pilots are adequately trained and qualified to operate safely in the National Airspace System. The FAA has determined these proposals are needed to respond to changes in the aviation industry and to further reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.

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