The FAA today published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing over 200 changes to FAR Parts 61, 91 and 141 regarding Pilot, Flight Instructor and Flight School certification. According to the FAA, the “changes are needed to clarify, update, and correct our existing regulations” and “are intended to ensure that flight crewmembers have the training and qualifications to enable them to operate aircraft safely.”
The changes include addition of regulations relating to the use of night vision goggles, addition of definitions and clarifications regarding the words “current” and “valid” as they relate to operations and certifications and a whole host of other amendments and clarifications. As is always the case with a NPRM such as this one containing numerous “technical” amendments, the devil is in the details. Detailed scrutiny of the proposed changes will be required to determine their impact on the existing regulations.
Comments to the NPRM are due no later than May 8, 2007. If you would like further information, you may contact John D. Lynch, Certification and General Aviation Operations Branch, AFS-810, General Aviation and Commercial Division, Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; Telephone No. (202) 267-3844; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.