The FAA announced Thursday that it will require only pilots flying outside the United States and its jurisdictional territories to obtain a second-in-command (SIC) pilot type rating. The FAA accepted AOPA's request that it clarify the proposal for SIC qualifications and training in 14 CFR 61.55 to distinguish between domestic and international flight. The original version would have required even pilots flying exclusively within the United States to obtain the SIC type rating. This action allows U.S. flight crews to meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements. Some U.S. flight crews could have been grounded abroad because they did not have the appropriate ratings under ICAO standards. It will become effective September 6.
August 4, 2005