The FAA is proposing several changes to the pilot, flight instructor, and pilot school certification rules.
One proposal would allow future pilots to apply for a private license and an instrument rating at the same time. Other proposals would require pilot in command (PIC) proficiency checks for pilots who act as PIC of single-pilot, turbojet-powered airplanes, as well as revise the definition of a ‘‘complex airplane.’’
Also proposed is a change to the rules that will allow the issuance of U.S. pilot certificates on the basis of an international licensing agreement between the FAA and foreign civil aviation authorities.
The FAA also is proposing to allow schools to use Internet-based training programs without requiring those schools to have physical ground training facilities.
Because of changing technology, 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 says these proposals are needed to respond to changes in the aviation industry and to further reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.
The public has until Nov, 30, 2009, to submit comments about the proposals.
For more information: FAA.gov.