Knowing the regulations that govern aviation is an important part of being a pilot and most pilots would agree that keeping them straight is a challenging task. However, most of us periodically review these rules to refresh our memory. It’s a good thing, too, because from time to time the FAA examines the regulations and decides to initiate changes through the rulemaking process. On October 20, 2009, a Final Rule went into effect for 14 CFR Parts 61, 91, and 141, which affects pilots, flight instructors, and pilot school certification. AOPA has carefully studied the new rule, identified the changes that impact AOPA members, and compiled the results of the research in this report. The majority of changes that affect general aviation pilots are contained in Part 61, but if you are interested in reading the complete new rule for all three parts, it can be accessed on FAA’s Web site. There were also several corrections made to the Final Rule following its publication. The corrections were published and effective on October 20, 2009.
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The Final Rule, effective October 20, 2009, contains changes that affect general aviation pilots. Some of the changes include: A provision for military pilots to use their current medical in lieu of an FAA medical for third-class privileges within the United States; changes to the time requirement for completing a practical test (from 60 calendar days to two calendar months (this change would essentially allow almost a three-month window); a new section to clarify use of flight simulators and flight training devices; and new ways to maintain instrument currency. This report presents the changes in the order they appear in the regulation.
61.1 Applicability and definitions
61.2 Exercise of Privilege
61.19 Duration of pilot and instructor certificates.
61.23 Medical certificates: Requirement and duration.
61.35 Knowledge test: Prerequisites and passing grades.
61.39 Prerequisites for practical tests.
61.51 Pilot logbooks
61.57 Recent flight experience: Pilot in command.
61.64 Use of a flight simulator and flight training device
61.65 Instrument rating requirements
61.69 Glider and unpowered ultralight vehicle towing: Experience and training requirements.
61.73 Military pilots or former military pilots: Special rules.
61.75 Private pilot certificate issued on the basis of a foreign pilot license.
61.96 Applicability and eligibility requirements: General
61.103 Eligibility requirements: General
61.109 Aeronautical experience.
61.127 Flight proficiency.
61.129 Aeronautical experience.
61.195 Flight instructor limitations and qualifications.
61.215 Ground instructor privileges.
61.217 Recent experience requirements.
AOPA seeks to expand changes to FAR Part 61 December 1, 2009
FAA maintains standard instrument currency requirements August 20, 2009
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