Pilot certification in the United States

June 25, 2012 - 11:46am

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.

June 3, 2012 - 5:00am

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.

June 3, 2012 - 5:00am

The FAA can’t win. Long reviled for inconsistently applying its own regulations, the agency is now being questioned for trying to standardize the way initial training is conducted for newly hired Part 135 charter pilots. The fact that FAA Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) haven’t been applying these rules consistently for many years is a big part of why many charter operators are unhappy with the FAA.

May 4, 2012 - 1:28pm
RAA's Scott Foose

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

April 1, 2012 - 4:10am

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.

March 23, 2012 - 11:00am
Airline pilot training must improve

The training requirements for a commercial pilot certificate in the U.S. don’t prepare aviators for the real world of airline operations, according to a report released in March by the GAO. Flight training also does not emphasize the skills required of young aviators hired by the regional airlines, often their first airline job.

February 28, 2012 - 4:43pm
First officers to require ATPs.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a long-overdue Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) last week that would require first officers to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, which requires 1,500 hours of p

February 28, 2012 - 2:33pm

No one questions the need to maintain the best safety record in U.S. airline history. But the timing of the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaing (NPRM) to upgrade pilot qualifications couldn’t come at a worse time, especially for regional airlines already running a fine line between solvency and bankruptcy.

February 28, 2012 - 2:30pm

The FAA issued a proposed rule yesterday that would require first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines to hold an ATP certificate, thereby requiring new-hires to have at least 1,500 hours TT. Under the proposal, first officers would also need an aircraft type rating.

February 27, 2012 - 5:27pm

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require first officers to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours of pilot flight time except under limited circumstances.

 
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