First Class Medical Is Part of ATP Certification

 - April 29, 2013, 2:30 PM

August 2 is the implementation date for the new Part 121 regulation that requires all cockpit crewmembers to hold a Part 61-issued ATP certificate. That also means those airmen must have a first-class medical certificate if they intend to exercise the privileges of that ATP certificate. The FAA emphasizes that P.L. 111-216 does not include any grandfathering provisions for current flight-crew members who currently hold commercial pilot certificates. The agency is also stressing that these changes will take effect from early August, “regardless of the FAA’s progress in related rulemaking.”