Volume 5 airman certification
Chapter 2 Title 14 CFR PART
61 CERTIFICATION 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, or 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 his/her eligibility for a gold seal.
C. Issuance. If the applicant meets the criteria
stated in subparagraph 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 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
61 and FAA policies.
Qualification as an ASI (Operations) or aviation safety technician (AST).
B. Coordination. This task requires coordination
Airmen records section of the Airmen Certification Branch (AFS-760);
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 Field Office Manual.
Advisory Circular (AC)
61-65, Certification: Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors.
FAA Form 8060-4,
Temporary Airman Certificate (Figure 5-61).
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 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.
Reliable record of flight instruction.
B. Applicant Arrives for the Appointment.
1) Collect the documents listed above.
2) Open the PTRS file.
C. Review FAA Form
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 to it.
2) Check the application for accuracy, using the
instructions on the form attachment. The applicant is not to complete section
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
141 pilot schools or 14 CFR part
142 training centers must provide their aeronautical experience in this
section of FAA Form
8710-1 even 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, and
pilot type rating applications, 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 identity. (See
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
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 (DPE) or
20 graduation tests as chief flight instructor for an approved pilot school
A combination of the above 2 (2 practical tests equal 1 trained and recommended
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 ratings.
2) Enter the words “Gold Seal” as shown in Figure
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. Complete the 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 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. FAA Form
Certificate and/or Rating Application¾
Gold Seal Certificate
Figure 5-61. FAA Form
Airman Certificate¾ Gold Seal Certificate
RESERVED. Paragraphs 5-574 through 5-590.