Second-in-command Pilot Type Rating Rules Adopted
Pilots serving as second-in-command (SIC) will be required to possess a SIC type rating for operations outside U.S. airspace, under new FAA regulations published today. The purpose of the rules is to make it relatively simple for FAA type-rating requirements to conform with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements, allowing U.S. flight crews to fly to international destinations without the threat of being grounded for not holding the appropriate type rating. The SIC type rating, which does not require additional training, would not be mandatory for operations within U.S airspace. To be eligible for the rating, a qualified PIC or a type-rated CFI would verify SIC training was given and a completed FAA Form 8710-1 would be presented in person to either a FSDO or a designated examiner along with the applicant’s logbook or training records. Of the 49 comments received since the rules were proposed last November, about half were in favor and about one-quarter were opposed. Another quarter had specific questions. The rules go into effect on September 6.