FAA Issues New Student Pilot Rules

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

Under a new rule released by the FAA, student pilots will no longer get their student pilot certificate from an aviation medical examiner.  Instead, they can apply in person at a FSDO, through a designated pilot examiner, with a Part 141 flight school or a CFI.  The TSA will vet the application, and then a plastic certificate will be sent to the student by the Civil Aviation Registry.

Student pilots who already have a paper certificate can continue to use it until it expires, according to the new rule which began with an NPRM issued in November 2010.  The FAA received about 470 comments on that proposal.