5-616 PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM
(PTRS) ACTIVITY CODE. 1532.
5-617 OBJECTIVE. The objective of this task
is to determine if an applicant is eligible for a pilot certificate and/or rating
based on military competence. Completion of this task results in the issuance
or denial of a pilot certificate and/or rating.
A. General Process.
1) A pilot certificate may be issued on the basis
of military competence to an applicant who is or has been a rated military pilot
in the U.S. Armed Forces. Under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations
(14 CFR) part 61, section (§)
61.73, a pilot certificate may also be issued to a rated military pilot
of the armed forces of an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member
state (see http://www.icao.int/icao/en/members.htm
for the list of member states). A foreign military pilot applicant must be assigned
to pilot duties (other than flight training) in the U.S. Armed Forces and must
hold a valid civil pilot certificate, issued by an ICAO member state, for the
certificate or rating being sought.
2) Aircraft category, class, type, and instrument
ratings may be added to new or existing pilot certificates issued under §
3) A military pilot or former military pilot who
has been removed from flying status because of lack of proficiency or disciplinary
action involving aircraft operations is not eligible for a certificate or rating
on the basis of military competence.
B. Commercial Pilot Certificate. In accordance
61.73, military pilot qualifications are issued at the commercial pilot
certification level only.
1) A military applicant for a commercial pilot certificate
on the basis of military competence must meet the requirements of §
61.73 for at least one aircraft rating. Otherwise, the applicant must pass
the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) knowledge and practical
tests in that category and class of aircraft, as appropriate.
2) An applicant who meets the requirements of §
61.73 may be issued an aircraft rating on the basis of military competence.
3) A pilot certificate based on military competence
may be issued to an applicant without reference to the applicant’s flight time
or apparent failure to meet ICAO standards.
4) Aircraft category and class ratings on the basis
of military competence may be added to an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate
as commercial pilot privileges.
5) All type ratings shown on the superseded certificate
are brought forward to the higher certificate level within that category and
class of aircraft without further testing. For example, a military pilot applying
under the provisions of §
61.73(g) who holds a B-737, DC-3, and SK-62 at the commercial pilot certificate
level later satisfactorily completes an ATP practical test in a CE-750. At that
time, the B-737 and DC-3 type ratings would elevate to the ATP certificate level.
The SK-62 would not elevate because the practical test was in a multiengine
airplane. When the person satisfactorily completes an ATP practical test in
a helicopter, the SK-62 would elevate to the ATP certificate level.
6) Official military documents are required as evidence
of the applicant’s pilot-in-command (PIC) experience. The applicant as PIC must
have flown the PIC flight time. An applicant’s flight time as a copilot or other
flightcrew member is not acceptable to establish
qualifications as PIC.
a) When an applicant presents official military records
as evidence of having logged at least 10 hours of flight time as PIC or solo
within the preceding 12 calendar-months in any category or class of U.S. military
aircraft, the applicant may be issued the appropriate category and class rating.
Aeronautical experience obtained during military pilot training before graduation
is acceptable. The applicant must also present satisfactory evidence of successful
completion of the military training program and designation as a military aviator.
b) To obtain a type rating, an applicant must be
able to show successful completion of a military PIC flight check in the preceding
12 months. Otherwise, the applicant must have a minimum of 10 hours as PIC in
that type of aircraft in the past 12 months and present evidence of a previously
passed military PIC flight check.
7) Employees of government agencies or civil police
agencies who are not eligible for certificates or ratings on the basis of military
competence under §
61.73 are not entitled to airman certificates or ratings under the military
competence provisions of part
D. Acceptable Records.
1) If a pilot is a U.S. citizen and wants to show
that he or she is serving or has served as a U.S. military pilot, the pilot
must present the following evidence to a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO):
official U.S. Armed Forces aeronautical order of flight status as a rated military
official U.S. Armed Forces form or logbook showing flight status as a rated
official U.S. Armed Forces aeronautical order showing graduation from a U.S.
Armed Forces undergraduate pilot training school and receipt of a rating qualification
as a military pilot;
official U.S. Armed Forces record showing that the pilot passed a pilot proficiency
check and instrument proficiency check in an aircraft as a military pilot in
the U.S. Armed Forces.
2) If a pilot is a military pilot from a foreign
contracting State to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and wants
to show that he/she is serving or has served as a U.S. military pilot for purposes
other than receiving flight training, the following evidence must be presented
to a FSDO:
official U.S. Armed Forces aeronautical order to flight status as a rated military
official U.S. Armed Forces form or logbook that shows the applicant is assigned
as a rated military pilot and has duties to a U.S. Armed Forces unit for purposes
other than receiving flight training;
official military service aeronautical order or record that shows the applicant
graduated from a military undergraduate pilot training school from a foreign
contracting State to the Convention on International Civil Aviation or from
a U.S. Armed Forces undergraduate pilot training school, and received a rating
qualification as a military pilot;
official U.S. Armed Forces record that shows that the applicant passed a pilot
proficiency check and instrument proficiency check in an aircraft as a military
pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces.
E. Instrument Rating Eligibility. The U.S.
Armed Forces no longer issue instrument rating cards. An instrument rating may
be issued on the basis of valid military instrument qualification records, provided
that the military rating does not state any limitation that restricts any of
the privileges conveyed by an instrument rating. The required military qualification
records are listed in Figure 5-67.
F. Knowledge and Practical Tests. An applicant
for issuance of an original commercial pilot certificate on the basis of military
competence, who has been on duty as a U.S. military pilot within the preceding
12 months, will be required to take the military competence knowledge test.
A knowledge test is not required to add a rating on the basis of military competence
to an existing pilot certificate.
1) For original issuance of a commercial pilot certificate
on the basis of military competence, an applicant who has been on active duty
as a U.S. military pilot within the preceding 12 months, and who meets the requirements
61.73 for at least one aircraft rating, is not required to take a practical
2) An applicant for a pilot certificate who has been
on active duty as a U.S. military pilot within the preceding 12 months, but
does not meet the requirements of §
61.73 for any aircraft rating, may qualify for a certificate by passing
a practical test in a category of aircraft for which the applicant has military
qualification as PIC.
3) An applicant who has not been on active duty as
a U.S. military pilot within 12 months before the date of application may qualify
for a certificate or rating under §
61.73 by passing the required knowledge and practical tests for the certificate
sought. The applicant must present a flight instructor’s recommendation for
the practical test, and must hold a valid FAA medical certificate appropriate
to the certificate or rating sought.
G. Multiengine Aircraft Without VMC
Speed. If an applicant is qualified in a multiengine aircraft that does
not have a minimum control speed with the critical engine inoperative (VMC)
speed published by the manufacturer, the certificate issued must be limited
to center thrust. (See volume 5, chapter 1, section 4 for a list of aircraft
limited to center thrust.)
5-619 CERTIFICATION OF MILITARY PILOTS OR FORMER
MILITARY PILOTS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF AN ICAO MEMBER STATE.
A. Requirements. Section
61.73 authorizes issuance of commercial pilot certificates or ratings to
a rated military pilot of the armed forces of an ICAO member state, provided
the pilot meets the following requirements:
1) The pilot was not removed from flying status for
lack of proficiency or because of disciplinary action involving aircraft operations.
2) The pilot was on active flying status within the
preceding 12 months.
3) The pilot has passed the military competency knowledge
4) The pilot can present official military records
as evidence of meeting at least one of the requirements of §
61.73 for at least one aircraft rating at any time since the beginning of
the 12th month before the month of application.
5) The pilot was assigned to pilot duties (other
than flight training) with a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces at some time since
the beginning of the 12th month before the month of application.
6) At the time of application, the pilot must hold
a current civil pilot license issued by an ICAO member state. The license held
must authorize at least the privileges of the U.S. pilot certificate sought.
B. Special Considerations. Rated military
pilots of ICAO member states must satisfy all of the requirements of this paragraph
to be issued an unlimited U.S. commercial pilot certificate.
1) If the applicant holds a current foreign civil
certificate but does not otherwise satisfy the special rules for military pilots,
consideration must be given to issuance of a certificate on the basis of a foreign
pilot license under §
61.75. The limitations of such a certificate must be thoroughly explained.
2) If the applicant desires a commercial pilot certificate
but is not eligible under §
61.73, the inspector must explain the certification requirements of part
61, subpart F, that apply to applicants with prior flying experience.
5-620 COMPLETING THE CERTIFICATION FILE. Inspectors
processing and signing applications for a pilot certificate based on military
competence must check either the Approved box or the Disapproved box in the
Inspector’s Report block on FAA Form 8710-1.
5-621 PREREQUISITES AND COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS.
A. Prerequisites. This task requires knowledge
of the regulatory requirements of part
61 and FAA policies and qualification as an aviation safety inspector (ASI)
(Operations) or aviation safety technician (AST).
B. Coordination. This task may require coordination
with the Airman Certification Branch, AFS-760.
5-622 REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.
Procedures Manual (PPM).
Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate (Figure 5-69); and
Form 8710-1, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application (Figure 5-68).
C. Job Aids. Sample letters and figures.
A. Application. The applicant must submit
a completed FAA Form 8710-1 at the time of the scheduled appointment. The applicant
must also present the following documents:
orders or discharge/release papers,
pilot certificate (if applicable), and
test results (if applicable).
B. Review Airman’s Application. Check FAA
Form 8710-1 (Figure 5-68) to ensure it is filled out accurately. The instructions
for completing the form are attached to the application.
1) In section I, the pilot must check Commercial
and Instrument, if applicable. Section I, blocks A through V must be completed.
2) Section II, block B, 1 through 4 must be completed.
3) Sections IV and V must be completed.
4) On the reverse, no instructor or air agency recommendation
C. Verify Applicant’s Identity.
1) Inspect the applicant’s military identification
(if applicable) or other acceptable forms of identification to establish the
applicant’s identity (see volume 5, chapter 1, section 3).
2) Compare the identification with the information
provided on FAA Form 8710-1.
a) If the applicant’s identity cannot be verified
for lack of documentation or inadequate documentation, request that the applicant
return with the appropriate identification.
b) If the applicant’s identity appears to be falsified,
do not proceed. (See volume 7, chapter 6.)
D. Determine Applicant’s Request.
1) Determine which certificate and/or rating the
applicant is applying for.
2) Verify that the applicant has checked the correct
blocks on section I of the application for the certificate or ratings sought.
If the correct blocks have not been checked, have the applicant correct the
E. Establish Eligibility.
1) Determine if the applicant has been on active
military flying status within the past 12 months by checking the applicant’s
military flight records.
a) If the applicant has been on active military flying
status, determine if the applicant has accomplished one of the following:
an official U.S. military flight check within the preceding 12 months as PIC
in the category, class, or type of aircraft for which a rating is sought; or
at least 10 hours of flight time as PIC within the preceding 12 months in the
category, class, or type of aircraft for which a rating is sought, and presents
evidence of successful completion of a military flight check in that aircraft.
b) If the applicant has not been on active military
flying status within the preceding 12 months, the applicant must obtain the
applicable FAA medical certificate and pass the appropriate knowledge and practical
tests. The military competence knowledge test is not given in this case.
2) If the applicant seeks an instrument rating, the
applicant must show evidence of a satisfactorily completed U.S. military instrument
flight check for that category of aircraft.
F. Discrepancies or Ineligibility. 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
of the reasons why the certificate or rating cannot be issued, and explain how
the applicant may correct the discrepancies. If the applicant is not eligible
for the certificate or rating sought, inform the applicant of the reasons for
ineligibility and explain how the applicant may obtain the certificate or rating.
G. Applicant Meets Eligibility Requirements.
If the applicant meets the eligibility requirements for issuance or upgrade
of a certificate on the basis of military competence, the applicant must complete
the FAA military competency knowledge test. If the applicant is eligible to
add a rating to an existing certificate, issue a certificate with the appropriate
rating. A knowledge test is not required for addition of a rating.
H. Knowledge Test. If a knowledge test is
required, ensure that the applicant has satisfactorily accomplished the Military
Competence – Airplane or Military Competence – Rotorcraft/Helicopter test, as
applicable. Inform the applicant that the choice of test does not have any bearing
on the grade of certificate issued.
I. Issuance of Certificate. Issue a commercial
certificate for the category, class, or type of aircraft. Aircraft category
and class ratings are listed in §
1) Prepare FAA Form 8060-4 in duplicate, indicating
the grade of certificate in section IX and the ratings in section XII (Figure
2) Enter the following operating limitations, as
appropriate, in block XII on the certificate.
a) If the applicant qualified in a multiengine aircraft
that does not have a VMC speed, enter “LIMITED TO CENTER THRUST”
after the multiengine class rating.
b) If the applicant holds an ATP certificate and
is adding a class and/or category rating, enter “COMMERCIAL PRIVILEGES ONLY”
after the appropriate rating.
c) If the applicant qualified in a military aircraft
that has a civilian type designation, issue the appropriate type rating (see
paragraph 5-618C5 above). A list of civilian type designations is provided in
figure 5-88 in volume 5, chapter 2, section 19.
3) Sign, and have the applicant sign, both the original
and the copy of FAA Form 8060-4 in ink.
4) Issue the copy to the applicant.
5) Return all submitted documents, except the application
and any superseded pilot certificate.
J. Instrument Rating.
1) If the applicant qualified for an instrument rating,
issue one of the following ratings, as appropriate.
and Helicopter; or
2) If the applicant is not qualified for an instrument
rating, but is qualified for a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane
rating, issue the limitation “THE CARRIAGE OF PASSENGERS FOR HIRE IN (airplanes)
(powered-lifts) ON CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHTS IN EXCESS OF 50 NAUTICAL MILES OR AT
NIGHT IS PROHIBITED.”
3) If the applicant cannot show evidence of an instrument
check or 10 hours of actual instrument time as PIC within the past 12 months,
enter “VFR ONLY” after each appropriate type rating.
K. Additional Requirements. Advise the applicant
of the following requirements.
61 currency requirements must be met before exercising the privileges of
2) An appropriate FAA medical certificate must be
obtained before the privileges of the certificate can be exercised.
L. Complete Certification File. Complete the
Inspector’s or AST report section on the reverse side of FAA Form 8710-1 (Figure
1) Check the following blocks, as applicable:
or Rating Based on,
Issued or Certificate Denied, and
2) Date and sign the application, and enter the inspector’s
pilot certificate number and the FSDO identification. The inspector’s pilot
certificate number must be written in the lower right side of the temporary
airman certificate in the field labeled Examiner’s Designation No. or Inspector’s
Reg. No. The FSDO identification (i.e., WP09) should be indicated, or it can
go beneath the inspector’s signature in the box labeled Signature of Examiner
3) Check the appropriate boxes in the Attachments
4) Attach the applicable documents to the application.
5) Forward the completed file to AFS-760.
M. PTRS. Complete PTRS in accordance with
5-624 TASK OUTCOMES. Completion of this task
results in the issuance or denial of a temporary airman certificate.
5-625 FUTURE ACTIVITIES.
A. Applicant may return for added class and/or
B. Applicant may return for an added type
Figure 5-67, Acceptable Records for Various Armed Services
U.S. Air Force
record (computer printout)
AF Form 8, Certificate of Aircrew Qualification
ARMY Form DA-759, Individual Flight Record
and Flight Certificate¾
U.S. Coast Guard
OPNAVFORM 3710-31, Aviators Flight Log Book;
verification of Instrument qualification is located in the section
designated “Qualification and Achievements”
U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy
OPNAVFORM 3760-31, Aviators Flight Logbook
OPNAV 3710/2, NATOPS Instrument Rating Request
or OPNAV 3760/32 (REV 4-81), NATOPS Flight Personnel Training and
Figure 5-68, FAA Form 8710-1, Airman
Certificate and/or Rating Application
Figure 5-69, FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate
Figure 5-70, FAA Form 8710-1, Airman Certificate and/or Application
Figure 5-71, FAA
Form 8060-6, Crewmember Certificate Application
RESERVED. Paragraphs 5-626