More Time Given to Meet SIC Type Rating Rule

 - April 10, 2007, 7:29 AM

Pilots will now have several more months to comply with the new second-in-command (SIC) type rating rule. The rule, published on August 4, has an effective date of September 6, after which pilots serving as second in command will have to have an SIC type rating when flying to international destinations. However, a notice scheduled to be published soon will establish a compliance deadline of March next year. This compliance date will allow pilots and the FAA the “necessary time to meet the administrative obligations of this final rule,” according to an agency official. Meanwhile, the official said, “The FAA will continue to file its difference with ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization] for the exception of our SIC pilot rules versus the ICAO standard for SIC pilots.” Additionally, the official said the FAA’s Airmen Registry is sending out a “memorandum of instruction” to all Flight Standards Headquarters Organizations, Flight Standards Regional Offices, Flight Standards District Offices, Flight Standards Certificate Management Offices, examiners, training center evaluators and aircrew program designees. The agency is also sending samples of a completed FAA Form 8710-1 application and FAA Form 8060-4 temporary airmen certificate for the SIC type rating.