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FAA fixes glitch in IACRA system

The FAA has fixed a glitch in its Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) system, allowing the system to process student pilot certificates for applicants with foreign addresses. AOPA has confirmed that, with the fix, the FAA is processing student pilot applications within two weeks, and most within 10 days.
A student pilot works with his instructor. Photo by Mike Fizer.

Although students have the option of filing a paper application, most apply for a student pilot certificate online through the IACRA system. But the glitch was preventing applications filed by students with foreign addresses from being sent to the FAA.

With the fix, those applications are moving again, but about 100 previously filed applications with foreign addresses are still “stuck” in IACRA, and the FAA will be working to push those through. No additional action is required by the affected applicants or flight instructors at this time. If that changes, the FAA has said it will contact the instructor associated with the “stuck” application by email and provide detailed instructions about how to correct the problem.

“We’ve been monitoring this situation closely, and we appreciate the FAA’s commitment to getting the problems resolved,” said Justin Barkowski, AOPA director of regulatory affairs. “We’ll continue to stay in touch with the FAA to ensure that student pilots can get their certificates promptly and get on with their training.”

New applications being filed by students with foreign addresses should move through the system smoothly.

In the meantime, the FAA is reminding student pilots that both they and their instructor must electronically sign the application for a student pilot certificate before it is complete and can be sent to the FAA. More details about the submission process are available on the IACRA website.

Elizabeth Tennyson

Elizabeth A Tennyson

Senior Director of Communications
AOPA Senior Director of Communications Elizabeth Tennyson is an instrument-rated private pilot who first joined AOPA in 1998.
Topics: Advocacy, Airman Regulation, AOPA

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