Under a notice of proposed rulemaking published today, the FAA is seeking comments on its intention to increase the duration of first-class and third-class medicals for airmen under the age of 40. Currently, the maximum validity of a first-class medical certificate is six months, regardless of age.
Pilot certification in the United States
The “right stuff” might be your answer, particularly if you liked what author Tom Wolfe had to say in his recounting of America’s efforts to send a man to space. Was Wolfe referring to what it takes to be the first man on the moon, or was he addressing high-performance vehicles in general?
To borrow the term “caveat emptor” (Latin for “let the buyer beware”) and mangle it only a bit, flight crews of aircraft that require two pilots should be aware that in some countries both of those pilots need to be type rated in that particular airplane.
After a decades-long battle, the FAA capitulated to the court of international opinion in late January, announcing that it will propose a new rule to permit Part 121 pilots over age 60 to fly as part of a two-pilot crew when the other crewmember is under age 60.
New FAA Notice N8000.351 provides procedures on how to complete the application for second-in-command (SIC) pilot type ratings. The notice also explains the final rule that the FAA issued on Aug. 4, 2005, about the requirement for an SIC pilot type rating for flights where the aircraft’s type certification requires a minimum crew of at least two pilots and the flight will be outside U.S. airspace involving a landing in a foreign country.
More than 20 students from the Helicopter Flight program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz. campus are on an extended field trip here at Heli-Expo.
Shortly after AIN went to press for last month’s issue, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made last-minute modifications to its alien flight-training rule, which was scheduled for implementation on October 20. Among other provisions, the interim final rule transferred responsibility for background checks from the Department of Justice to the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA.
Pilots serving as second-in-command (SIC) would be eligible to apply for an SIC type rating without any additional training required, under an FAA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published last month. The purpose of the rule is to make it relatively simple for FAA type-rating requirements to conform to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, allowing U.S.
Last month I started a discussion about what I have come to recognize as a serious disconnect between pilots and mechanics, each of whom performs critical tasks necessary to prepare an aircraft for safe flight. For lack of a better term, I call this phenomenon negative culture. Although the phenomenon exists in every industry, in few industries does it carry consequences as severe as those in aviation.
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking last month that will require pilots to replace their paper certificates with upgraded, counterfeit-resistant plastic certificates within two years after the rule becomes final.