Notice Number: NOTC1834
    FAAST Blast—August 21, 2009
    Biweekly FAA Aviation News update — SPECIAL EDITION

    FAA Publishes Revisions to Flight Training Rules

    Today, the Federal Register published revisions to the Code of Federal Regulations (parts 61, 91, and 141) (available at: http://frwebgate2.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/TEXTgate.cgi?WAISdocID=RuAi8b/0/1/0&WAISaction=retrieve ) that revise certain training, qualification, certification, and operating requirements for pilots, flight instructors, ground instructors, and pilot schools. “This final rule is a result of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued in early 2007,” said John D. Lynch, of FAA’s Certification and General Aviation Operations Branch. “These changes have been in the works since we issued the previous final rule changes to parts 61 and 141 in August 1997.”

    Lynch reports the majority of the rule changes in parts 61, 91, and 141 are to “further FAA’s safety mission, incorporate international flight standards, and respond to recent technological advances in aviation. Many of the changes reflect and incorporate comments and suggestions made by trade organizations, flight schools, manufacturers, individual pilots, and others.” FAA received nearly 2,000 comments from across a wide range of the aviation community in response to the NPRM issued in February 2007. 

    Of the 102 changes, Lynch says, “One of the more significant changes establishes training and qualification requirements for pilots and flight instructors who use night vision goggles. Another significant change is clarification on the use of aviation training devices, flight training devices, and flight simulators for maintaining recent instrument experience.

    In addition, the revisions address U.S. military pilots qualifying for flight instructor certificates based on their military instructors pilot qualifications as well as refines and clarifies provisions for current and former U.S. military pilots to qualify for FAA pilot certificates and ratings.

     

    In a few days, the final rule will be available at: http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/recently_published

     

    Produced by the editors, FAA Aviation News , http://www.faa.gov/news/aviation_news/

    Address questions or comments to:  AviationNews@faa.gov

 

   

     
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