Under the current regulations, a flight instructor certificate is issued with an expiration date of 24 calendar months from its month of issuance. Prior to expiration of the certificate, a flight instructor has a number of options for renewing his/her certificate. However, after the certificateï¿½s expiration, an instructorï¿½s only renewal option is a checkride with an FAA inspector or designee.
AOPA is concerned that a large number of flight instructors perceive the existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulatory requirements for certificate expiration and reinstatement as being a significant disincentive to renewing an expired flight instructor certificate. This has substantially reduced the number of otherwise qualified and experienced part-time flight instructors available to teach and promote general aviation.
To address the concerns of our membership, AOPA petitioned the FAA for a two-part change to the current regulations. AOPAï¿½s rulemaking petition includes the following provisions:
Part 1 ï¿½ Duration of flight instructor certificate:
Part 2 ï¿½ Reinstatement of expired flight instructor privileges:
AOPA maintains that the above listed changes to part 61 will directly benefit the public by creating consistency in the manner in which certificated airman renew their privileges. Additionally, the proposed changes will encourage a large number of flight instructors with expired flight instructor certificates to rejoin the instructional community by eliminating unnecessary financial burdens and administrative delays currently associated with the flight-instructor-certificate-renewal-process.
Most importantly, AOPA holds that the proposed changes will eliminate over 9700 salary hours of unnecessary administrative processing at the FAA Airman Certification Branch and countless man-hours and employee travel expenses at the FSDO level. Additionally, AOPA maintains that the aforementioned changes will not adversely affect the quality of flight training or flight safety.
AOPA petition for rulemaking, September 14, 1999
FAA letter of denial, February 7, 2000 (requires Adobe Reader)
AOPA petition for rulemaking, March 13, 2000
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.