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 § 61.73 .
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 with § 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5) All type ratings shown on the superseded certificate are brought forward to the higher certificate level within that category and class of aircraft without further testing.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 61 .
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):
· An official U.S. Armed Forces aeronautical order of flight status as a rated military pilot;
· An official U.S. Armed Forces form or logbook showing flight status as a rated military pilot;
· An 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;
· An 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:
· An official U.S. Armed Forces aeronautical order to flight status as a rated military pilot;
· An 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;
· An 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;
· An 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 of § 61.73 for at least one aircraft rating, is not required to take a practical test.
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 test.
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.
· 14 CFR parts 1 , 61 , and 91 ; and
· PTRS Procedures Manual (PPM).
· FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate (Figure 5-69); and
· FAA 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:
· Military flight records,
· Military identification,
· Military orders or discharge/release papers,
· Superseded pilot certificate (if applicable), and
· Knowledge 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 is required.
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 application.
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:
· Passed 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
· Has 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 § 61.5 .
1) Prepare FAA Form 8060-4 in duplicate, indicating the grade of certificate in section IX and the ratings in section XII (Figure 5-69).
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.
· Instrument—Airplane 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.
1) Part 61 currency requirements must be met before exercising the privileges of the certificate.
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 5-70).
1) Check the following blocks, as applicable:
· Approved or Disapproved,
· Certificate or Rating Based on,
· Military Competence,
· Certificate Issued or Certificate Denied, and
· Knowledge Test Report.
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 or Inspector.
3) Check the appropriate boxes in the Attachments section.
4) Attach the applicable documents to the application.
5) Forward the completed file to AFS-760.
M. PTRS. Complete PTRS in accordance with the PPM.
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 category ratings.
B. Applicant may return for an added type rating.
Figure 5-67, Acceptable Records for Various Armed Services
U.S. Air Force
Individual flightcrew record (computer printout)
AF Form 8, Certificate of Aircrew Qualification
ARMY Form DA-759, Individual Flight Record and Flight Certificate¾ Army
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 Qualification Jacket
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 through 5-640.