THE RULES HAVE CHANGED
The FAA has dropped the complex aircraft requirement for the Commercial & CFI test flights. It was previously required to provide, for the check ride, a single-engine complex aircraft for applicants with an airplane single-engine rating looking to obtain either their commercial or CFI ratings. This is no longer the case.
The policy was effectively changed on April 24th 2018. The FAA made this statement about removing the requirement, “[it] will significantly reduce costs for persons pursuing a commercial pilot or flight instructor certificate by allowing applicants to utilize less-expensive airplanes on the practical test that are not complex or turbine-powered.”
However, the policy change does not eliminate the complex airplane training and endorsement requirements of § 61.31(e). Or the existing aeronautical experience requirements. Read the full notice here:
We are excited about this change and what it means for you! For those students and pilots who have the ambitions of becoming a commercial pilot and/or a certified flight instructor this policy change is meant to help you achieve those goals. Removing the requirement allows you to build time and gain experience in aircraft that are far less expensive and more easily available.
SaltAir wants to help you achieve those goals, too! Because of this policy change we now have airplanes that qualify to use in your check rides beyond the Sport Pilot and Private Pilot. Are you thinking about advancing your career? Now is the time to do it! Contact your instructor today to get more information and get back on the schedule.
Whatever your goals and ambitions are for your aviation career we are here to help. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
As always, happy flying!