VOLUME 5 AIRMAN CERTIFICATION
CHAPTER 2 TITLE 14 CFR PART
OF PILOTS AND FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS
Section 13 Issue a Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate
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 a 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 his or her eligibility for a gold seal.
C. Issuance. If the applicant meets the criteria stated in subparagraph
5-571E, 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 upon initial application.
5-569 PREREQUISITES AND COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS.
• Knowledge of the requirements of Title 14 of the Code of
Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
FAA policies, and
• Qualification as an ASI (Operations) or aviation safety
B. Coordination. This task requires coordination with the:
• Airworthiness unit,
• Airmen records section of the Airmen Certification
• Enforcement Information System (EIS), and
• Accident Incident Data System (AIDS).
5-570 REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.
A. References (current editions):
• Title 14 CFR Parts
• PTRS Procedures Manual (PPM).
• Advisory Circular (AC)
Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors.
• FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate
• FAA Form
Certificate and/or Rating Application (Figure 5-60).
C. Job Aids. Job Task Analysis (JTA) O3.1.54, Issue a Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate.
A. Schedule an 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 (unrestricted or restricted), and
• A reliable record of flight instruction.
B. The Applicant Arrives for the Appointment.
1) Collect the documents listed above.
2) Open the PTRS Record.
C. Review FAA Form 8710-1.
1) In section I, Application Information, ensure that the applicant
has checked the box for “Flight Instructor” and indicated “Initial,” “Renewal,” or “Reissuance,”
as appropriate. The applicant should also have inserted the words “Gold Seal” on the line next to the words “Specify other.”
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 14 CFR part
schools or 14 CFR
part 142 training centers must
provide their aeronautical experience in this section of FAA Form
though the graduation certificate is evidence of having completed the course of training. If aeronautical experience
has no bearing on the airman certification action being sought, then it is not
necessary for an applicant to complete section III. For example, with flight
instructor renewal applications, flight instructor reinstatement applications,
ground instructor qualification applications, pilot type rating applications,
and utilization of a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA), aeronautical
experience does not have a bearing on the airman certification action, and thus
the applicant would not be required to complete section III. However, all applicants
are encouraged to complete section III, 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 the Applicant’s Identity. Inspect acceptable forms of identification to verify the applicant’s
Volume 5, Chapter 1, Section 3). Compare
the identification with the personal information provided on FAA Form
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 to reapply.
3) If the applicant’s identity appears to be different from the information supplied on FAA
Form 8710-1, or
if it appears that an attempt at falsification has been made, do not issue FAA Form 8060-4. (See Volume 7, Chapter 6.)
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 (unrestricted
or restricted) with instrument privileges. Glider flight instructors need not hold an instrument rating;
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 (DPE) or 20 graduation tests as chief flight instructor for an approved pilot school course; or
• A combination of the above two (two practical tests equal one
trained and recommended applicant).
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 or she is ineligible and explain how the applicant may correct the discrepancies.
G. The 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 ratings.
2) Enter the words “Gold Seal” as shown in Figure 5-61, Sample
FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate—Gold Seal Certificate.
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
5) Forward the completed file to AFS-760.
H. Complete the PTRS Record. Complete the PTRS record in accordance with the PPM.
5-572 TASK OUTCOMES. Completion of this task results in either the:
• Issuance of a Temporary Airman Certificate for a gold seal
flight instructor, or
• Denial of issuance of a Gold Seal Flight Instructor
NOTE: If the ASI or AST denies the applicant a Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate, record the action in the PTRS.
5-573 FUTURE ACTIVITIES:
• Renewal of Flight Instructor Certificate.
• Reinstatement of Flight Instructor Certificate.
• Added rating to Flight Instructor Certificate.
Figure 5-60. Reissuance with Gold Seal—Sample FAA Form
Figure 5-60. Reissuance with Gold Seal—Sample FAA Form
Figure 5-61. Sample FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate—Gold Seal Certificate
RESERVED. Paragraphs 5-574 through 5-590.