The FAA has not extended the special federal aviation regulations that since last April have eased the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on pilots by extending compliance deadlines for currency, flight review, medical certification, and knowledge testing requirements.
In the two SFAR extensions that were authorized in June and October, the FAA gradually narrowed the regulatory leeway. Pilots’ eligibility to apply the most recent extensions ran out on January 31.
“The FAA is continuing to monitor disruption caused by COVID-19 related restrictions. Consideration of any further relief will be evaluated to ensure the highest levels of safety within the aviation system continue,” the agency wrote.
AOPA is carefully reviewing the FAA’s letter and will advocate for any further action as the impact of the continuing pandemic on pilots requires.
In the interim, pilots should schedule any necessary medical appointments or currency activities in advance of expiration dates and monitor their states’ and localities’ public health rules and policies.
AOPA also has resources for pilots to safely return to their aircraft cockpits.