FAA Takes Steps to Streamline Certification

Enhanced process to make certifications for pilot schools, repair stations, and charter operators more equitable.

The FAA is streamlining the process for certification of flight schools, maintenance providers and charter/air taxi operators in an effort to reduce the timeline for certification projects while maintaining an unwavering focus on safety.

“Nobody likes to wait in line longer than necessary,” said Gerald Boots, a Division Manager in the FAA Flight Standards Service. “This new process will leverage resource flexibility to support certification efforts, regardless of an applicant’s location.”

Applicants will now submit projects to their local Flight Standards District Office, which reviews applications for completeness. The projects are then placed on a national list in the order the FAA receives them.

Any FSDO with the available resources can pull from the national list, regardless of the applicant’s location to begin working on it. Based on complexity, the FSDO assembles a team of experts from across the agency to assist the applicant throughout the process.

Previously, applications were worked on a local level and could be subject to delays based on workload. “We believe this process is more equitable and will provide applicants with an efficient and positive experience,” Boots said.

The certification process itself will still follow existing FAA guidance and standards. You can learn more about the process on the FAA website.

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