US Aviation Regulator Implementing Latest Rule on Military/Part 135 Pilots Towards ATP Rating

06th Oct 2022

The Unites States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have announced the latest and final rule, effective October 21, on the ‘Recognition of Pilot in Command Experience in the Military and Air Carrier Operations’.

The latest rule provides additional crediting options for certain pilot in command (PIC) time to count towards the 1,000 hours of air carrier experience required to serve as a PIC in air carrier operations. In addition, this final rule allows credit for select military time in a powered-lift flown in horizontal flight towards the 250 hours of airplane time as PIC, or second in command (SIC) performing the duties of PIC, required for an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate. This action is necessary to expand opportunities for pilots that meet the amended criteria to use relevant flight experience toward the requirements for an ATP certificate and to meet PIC qualification requirements for air carrier operations.

This rulemaking provides relief to military pilots of powered-lift seeking to obtain an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate with an airplane category rating. The FAA is allowing military pilots to credit flight time in a powered-lift operated in horizontal flight towards the 250-hour flight time requirement in an airplane. This change assists military pilots of powered-lift in qualifying for an ATP certificate in the airplane category.

This final rule also includes several changes to the 1,000-hour air carrier experience required to serve as PIC in part 121 operations. This final rule allows pilots with part 121 PIC experience acquired prior to July 31, 2013, to count that time towards the 1,000 hours of air carrier experience required to serve as PIC in part 121 operations. Additionally, the final rule broadens the existing 500-hour credit for military pilots of fixed-wing airplanes and can count towards the 1,000-hour air carrier experience requirement by permitting certain powered-lift experiences to be credited. The change allows up to 500 hours of experience in multiengine powered-lift in operations where more than one pilot is required to be credited towards the 1,000-hour air carrier experience requirement. Additionally, in response to comments received, the FAA is also permitting a pilot to credit PIC time in certain part 135 eligible on-demand multiengine aircraft operations to count towards the 1,000-hour air carrier experience requirement.

To learn more about the rule, click here.

Source: Federal Register

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