If you hold a Letter of Authorization (LOA) or Letter of Operational Authority (LOOA) to act as pilot in command of U.S. and non-U.S. surplus military aircraft and certain turbine-powered experimental amateur-built/experimental exhibition aircraft, you have until July 31, 2004, to exchange your LOA and LOOA for an airman certificate. FAA Notice No. 8700.24 outlines the change for airmen who operate (LOA) or provide training in (LOOA) for these types of aircraft. (A list of the aircraft subject to the notice is contained in the notice’s Appendix 1 and 2.)
You have until July 31, 2005 to exchange your LOA or LOOA for an airman certificate that will be issued with the equivalent authorized aircraft listed. If you don’t exchange your LOA or LOOA prior to July 31, 2004, you may not exercise the privileges of your LOA or LOOA after that date. After July 31, 2005, if you don’t exchange your LOA or LOOA, your LOA or LOOA will no longer be valid and will not be reissued as an authorization on your airman certificate.
If you have any questions regarding the changes, contact J.D. Martin, the National Program Manager, Vintage and Surplus Military Aircraft in the General Aviation and Commercial Division, AFS-800 at (847) 294-7150, (847) 921-6370, or J.D.Martin@faa.gov.