After the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) submitted a petition for exemption for the third-class medical requirement for private or recreational pilots on March 20, 2012, more than 14,000 comments overwhelmingly in support of the exemption were submitted to the FAA. However, the agency failed to act on the exemption request, and now Congress is exerting pressure on the FAA to expand the third-class medical exemption, which currently applies to sport pilots.
Pilot certification in the United States
King Schools, the flight instruction empire founded by John and Martha King, announced a pair of initiatives aimed at increasing the pilot population and enhancing the sense of community among those within it this week at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. A free eBook, So You Want to Learn to Fly, introduced at the show, covers all aspects of attaining a pilot’s license, written in a fun and easy-to-read style. The book is available through the King Schools website and iTunes book store.
For the hundreds of helicopter pilots that have trained or flown with Dr. Gordon Jiroux in a Robinson R22 over his 30-plus, accident-free years as a flight instructor and the countless others in the industry who know him, the announcement that he would receive the W.A.“Dub” Blessing Award (Flight Instructor of the Year) here at Heli-Expo 2014 was probably met with the thought, “Well, it’s about time!”
Reports that the captain of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was stressed about landing at the airport without a glideslope left many of us shaking our heads.
Last month Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Airlines announced a new partnership in which aeronautical science students with a certified flight instructor rating (CFI) can enroll in the airline’s Pilot Cadet Program while continuing their education at Embry-Riddle. After undergoing an initial interview and a day of orientation at the airline’s training facility in Salt Lake City, students judged acceptable will receive a conditional offer of employment.
Business jet and turboprop operators insured by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions (Booth No. N1121) can receive premium credits toward upset safety training through a new program announced here at NBAA. The program offers premium credits to qualifying jet and turboprop operators whose pilots complete the Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) program offered jointly by aviation training companies CAE (Booth No. N3533) and Aviation Performance Solutions (APS, Booth No. N527).
While the U.S. government is on a Congress-created enforced shutdown, the aviation industry might be tempted to wonder what the FAA actually accomplishes. What we are learning is that a lot of what the FAA does is process paperwork. And when the paperwork stops flowing, we can be forced to stop flying.
Within Six Months
Oct. 15, 2013:
Extension of Comment Period on Use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) and Pilot View Requirements for Vision Systems
Pilots planning for a career that requires certification to airline transport pilot (ATP) standards will need to set aside thousands of dollars to pay for additional training mandated by new FAR 61.156. The training is required before the candidate can take the ATP written and practical tests (beginning August 1 next year), and the portion that will cost the most is 10 hours of simulator training, including at least six hours in a full-flight simulator (FFS) meeting Level C standards and replicating a multiengine turbine-powered airplane weighing at least 40,000 pounds.
The comment period for additional ideas for the FAA’s upcoming redo of its airman certification standards closes August 23. A notice published last month included a first draft of the authorized instructor certificate documents, a second draft of the private pilot certificate and the instrument rating documents, as well as a set of frequently asked questions.
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