5-566 PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS)
ACTIVITY CODE. 1528 (as appropriate, for renewal, reinstatement, added rating,
or upon application)
5-567 OBJECTIVE . This task determines if an applicant is eligible
for a gold seal flight instructor certificate. Successful completion of this
task results in the issuance of a temporary airman certificate for a gold seal
flight instructor or the denial of a gold seal flight instructor certificate.
A. Purpose of Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate.
Flight instructor certificates with distinctive gold seals are issued to instructors
who currently meet certain qualifications. These certificates are intended to
identify those instructors who have high personal qualifications and good records
as active flight instructors. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hopes
to issue as many gold seal certificates as possible to provide an incentive
for flight instructors to improve their qualifications.
B. Renewal and Eligibility. The holder of a gold
seal flight instructor certificate who applies for renewal does not need to
reestablish eligibility for a gold seal.
C. Issuance. If the applicant meets the criteria
stated in paragraph 5-571E3, the aviation safety inspector (ASI) may add a gold
seal to the instructor’s certificate upon renewal or reinstatement, when adding
an additional rating, or by initial application.
5-569 PREREQUISITES AND COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS.
Knowledge of the requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations
(14 CFR) part 61 and FAA policies, and
Qualification as an ASI (Operations) or aviation safety technician (AST).
B. Coordination. This task requires coordination
Airman records section of the Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760;
Enforcement Information System; and
Accident/Incident Data Subsystem.
5-570 REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.
A. References (Current Editions).
14 CFR parts
61 , and
PTRS Field Office Manual; and
(AC) 61-65 , Certification: Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors.
FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate (Figure 5-61); and
FAA Form 8710-1, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Figure 5-60).
C. Job Aids. Job Task Analysis (JTA): O3.1.54
A. Schedule Appointment. An ASI or AST must inform
the applicant to bring the following documents to the appointment:
Flight instructor certificate,
Ground instructor certificate,
Commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating or an airline transport
pilot (ATP) certificate, and
Reliable record of flight instruction.
B. Applicant Arrives for Appointment.
1) Collect the documents listed above.
2) Open PTRS file.
C. Review FAA Form 8710-1, Airmen Certificate and/or
1) In section I, Application Information, ensure that
the applicant has checked the box for Flight Instructor and indicated Initial,
Renewal, or Amendment, as appropriate. The applicant should also have checked
the box labeled “Other” and inserted the words “Gold Seal” in the space next
2) Check the application for accuracy, using the instructions
on the form attachment. The applicant is not to complete section II.
3) In section III, Record of Pilot Time, the applicant
must list at least the aeronautical experience required for the airman certificate
and rating sought. Graduates of part
141 pilot schools or part
142 training centers must provide their aeronautical experience in this
section on the FAA Form 8710-1 application even though the graduation certificate
is evidence of having completed the course of training. If aeronautical experience
has no bearing on the airmen certification action being sought, it is not necessary
for an applicant to complete section III on FAA Form 8710-1. For example, with
flight instructor renewal applications, flight instructor reinstatement applications,
ground instructor qualification applications, and pilot type rating applications,
aeronautical experience would not have a bearing on the airman certification
action and thus the applicant would not be required to complete section III
of the application. However, all applicants are encouraged to complete this
section because the application remains on file with the FAA and can be used
to substantiate past aeronautical experience if a person were to ever lose his
or her logbook.
D. Verify Applicant’s Identity. Inspect acceptable
forms of identification to verify the applicant’s identity (see volume 5, chapter
1, section 3). Compare the identification with the personal information provided
on FAA Form 8710-1.
1) If the ASI or AST can verify the applicant’s identity,
continue the issuing process.
2) If the ASI or AST cannot verify the applicant’s identity
because of a lack of or inadequate identification, explain what types of identification
are acceptable. Advise the applicant to return with appropriate identification
3) If the applicant’s identity appears to be different
from the information supplied on FAA Form 8710-1, or it appears that an attempt
at falsification has been made, do not issue FAA Form 8060-4 (see volume 7,
E. Required Criteria. Inspect the applicant’s certificates
and record of flight instruction to determine if the applicant meets the following
criteria at the time of application:
1) Holds a flight instructor certificate and, at least,
a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating or an ATP certificate
with instrument privileges. Glider flight instructors need not hold an instrument
2) Holds a ground instructor certificate with an advanced
or instrument ground instructor rating; and
3) Within the past 24 months has accomplished one
of the following:
Trained and recommended at least 10 applicants for certificates or ratings,
and at least 80 percent of these applicants must have passed the flight test
on their first attempt;
Conducted at least 20 practical tests as a designated pilot examiner or 20 graduation
tests as chief flight instructor for an approved pilot school course;
A combination of the above two (two practical tests equal one trained and recommended
Holds a Master Certificated Flight designation from National Association of
Flight Instructors (NAFI).
F. Discrepancies. If a discrepancy that cannot
be immediately corrected exists in any of the documents, return the application
and all submitted documents to the applicant. Inform the applicant why he/she
is ineligible and explain how the applicant may correct the discrepancies.
G. Applicant Meets Requirements. If an applicant
meets all of the requirements for a gold seal flight instructor certificate,
the ASI or AST should issue FAA Form 8060-4 with the appropriate flight instructor
1) Prepare the certificate in duplicate, as per volume
5, chapter 1, section 5.
2) Enter the words “Gold Seal” as shown in Figure 5-61.
3) Number the certificate with the same certificate number
that appears on the applicant’s superseded flight instructor certificate.
4) Complete the ASI/AST certification section. Sign the
reverse side of FAA Form 8710-1.
5) Forward the completed file to AFS-760.
H. Complete PTRS. Complete PTRS in accordance with
the PTRS field office manual.
5-572 TASK OUTCOMES. Completion of this task results
in either the:
Issuance of a temporary airman certificate for a gold seal flight instructor,
Denial of issuance of gold seal flight instructor certificate.
NOTE: If the ASI or AST denies the applicant a gold seal flight
instructor certificate, record the action in PTRS.
5-573 FUTURE ACTIVITIES.
A. Renewal of flight instructor certificate.
B. Reinstatement of flight instructor certificate.
C. Added rating to flight instructor certificate.
Figure 5-60, FAA Form 8710-1, Airman Certificate and/or Rating
Application—Gold Seal Certificate
Figure 5-61, FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary
Airman Certificate—Gold Seal Certificate