FAA Issues new procedures for student pilot certificate
Posted 1/15/16 (Fri)
The FAA has published a final rule changing the way student pilot certificates will be issued and withdrawing plans to require photos on all pilot certificates, a proposal AOPA vigorously opposed.
Under the new “Student Pilot Application Requirements,” published in the Federal Register Jan. 12, aviation medical examiners (AMEs) will no longer issue student pilot certificates. Future applicants will need to go through designated pilot examiners, FAA inspectors, airman certificate representatives from a Part 141 flight school, or flight instructors. Those representatives will accept and process applications (primarily through the FAA’s Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application system) but not issue the certificates, which will be plastic, similar to other airmen certificates. (See this chart for specific details.)