Associations Respond to Part 61 Proposal

 - March 5, 2007, 9:12 AM

As the industry digests the more than 100 changes to Part 61 the FAA has proposed, some associations are taking positions on the more substantial changes. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and AOPA oppose the proposed additional tasks required to remain instrument current. Specifically, AOPA believes the requirement to conduct a hold at both an intersection and a radio station could prove difficult in the future as VORs and NDBs are decommissioned. The association said it does not believe the requirement should be based on technology. AOPA and NATA do, however, feel that many of the proposed changes are positive. NATA said the creation of 61.64, which combines simulator training requirements from two separate parts, would address the use of flight simulators and flight training devices for additional aircraft ratings and ratings at the ATP level. Comments are due by May 8. More than 40 had been posted to the docket at press time.