August 2 is the implementation date for the new Part 121 regulation that requires all cockpit crewmembers to hold a Part 61-issued ATP certificate. That also means those airmen must have a first-class medical certificate if they intend to exercise the privileges of that ATP certificate. The FAA emphasizes that P.L. 111-216 does not include any grandfathering provisions for current flight-crew members who currently hold commercial pilot certificates.
Pilot licensing and certification
Questions about the legality of the Learjet flight that cost Latin singer Jenni Rivera and six others their lives when it crashed December 9 began almost as quickly as the accident investigation itself. The 1969 Learjet 25–registered in the U.S. to Las Vegas-based Starwood Management as N345MC–crashed in a mountainous region 70 miles south of Monterrey, Mexico.
A reader recently took me to task for writing that the FAA is reinterpreting Part 135 regulations, in a story about the FAA’s belief that contract charter instructors and check airmen apparently are not complying with the rules.
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report stated that the FAA and DHS databases did not interact as expected when vetting flight training students.
There is only a little time left to comment on a petition for exemption from the third-class medical requirement for pilots flying recreationally. The exemption petition was submitted to the FAA by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the comment period closes on July 2. As of June 25, there were more than 3,300 comments, but the more comments received, the more the FAA might pay attention.
There were 28 comments about the training clarification notice in the docket, some from aviation associations and many from key large charter/management companies and training provider CAE.
Both of the FAA signature initiatives that arose out of the crash of a regional turboprop in Buffalo, N.Y., more than three years ago are still receiving some pushback from various quarters. On the subject of fatigue, almost everyone favors more rest for flight crews, and who can argue
The FAA is seeking comments on its proposal to upgrade Part 121 pilot certification experience requirements. The new standards would require airline first officers to hold an ATP certificate with a type rating, and airline captain applicants to have at least 1,000 hours of flight time in air carrier operations.
EASA’s new regulations for pilot training and issuance of European pilot licenses, ratings and certificates took effect yesterday.
Profound change is coming to the flight-training industry, prompted by new legislation in the U.S. and by the rapid growth of airline and business aviation in countries where aviation is finally gaining a stronger foothold.