Pilot Proficiency Check in Palm Springs
For many years, a loophole in the Federal Aviation Regulations unintentionally allowed pilots of small jets and aircrafts to fly without the need for re-training or knowledge advancement. Pilots used to acquire licenses and would not be required to undergo any more proficiency tests than a private pilot hiring a single engine Cessna from a local Fixed Base Operator. As a matter of fact, a small aircraft casual pilot would take his flight review on a small plane and get an FAA approval to fly for just two years while professional aviator would use the same license for years.
This loophole lay in the wording of the FAR’s regulations. It required that only pilots flying jets that had two or more crew members were required to demonstrate their proficiency periodically. Because pilots flying single-pilot jets did not fall under this category, they only needed to comply with flight reviews every two years to continue flying in the aircrafts for which they were rated. Today, things are different. This unintended loophole did not escape the FAA’s attention for too long.
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