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FAA Gives ‘Enduring Freedom’ CFIs, Airmen Extra Time To Renew Certificates

May 7, 2002 - Certified flight instructors and airmen whose certificates expired—or will expire—while serving outside the U.S. in Operation Enduring Freedom received some relief from the FAA this week. Effective May 6, Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 96 allows Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) to accept expired flight instructor certificates and inspection authorizations when eligible civilian and military personnel apply for renewals. SFAR 96 also allows FSDOs to accept expired airman written test reports, plus affected CFIs and airmen will receive extra time to meet certain eligibility requirements in the current rules.

To be eligible, the person must be able to document service in a civilian or military capacity in support of Operation Enduring Freedom outside the United States some time between September 11, 2001, and May 6, 2004. The airman’s flight instructor certificate, inspection authorization, or airman written test report must have expired some time between September 11, 2001, and six calendar months after returning to the United States, or by May 6, 2004 (expiration date of the SFAR.)

More information is available in the final rule through the GPO site at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html