Aviation (general aviation in particular) has experienced a tremendous growth spurt in the last couple decades and now offers the pilot population multitudes of tempting options to spend money and pursue their passion for flight. Depending upon your budget and ambition, one of the most popular options today is the single-pilot jet. Armed with a healthy budget, a reputable training provider, and a penchant for learning, pilots of all levels from weekend warriors to retired commercial pilots can enjoy the freedom and bragging rights of owning and operating their own private jet.
However, there is a catch! Operating any jet aircraft (whether single pilot or with a required crew of more than one) requires a new and thorough understanding of aircraft systems, instrument procedures, aerodynamics, flight at altitude, and everyone’s favorite: RULES AND REGULATIONS. In order to assist the transition pilot from the world of piston and (most) turbine aircraft to jets, the FAA introduced FAR Part 61.64. This rule addresses the skillset of a newly minted typed-rated pilot.
Following any type ride conducted and completed in an FAA approved simulator, an initial type rating (barring some exceptions) will come standard with PIC limitations. What follows then is a required minimum of 25 hours logged flight with a qualified mentor pilot prior to exercising the privileges of PIC without the initial limitations imposed following a successful checkride. Once the pilot mentor and the rule have been satisfied, a quick trip to the local FSDO will allow the limitation to be lifted and PIC privileges will be restored.
Make sure that you are compliant and visit www.faa.gov to review the rule – specifically Sections (f) and (g), contact your training provider, or contact the local FSDO for details.
Happy (and Safe) Flying!
61.64 Use of a flight simulator and flight training device.
(f) If the applicant does not meet one of the experience requirements of paragraphs (b)(1) through (5), (c)(1) through (5), (d)(1) through (4) or (e)(1) through (4) of this section, as appropriate to the type rating sought, then—
(1) The applicant must complete the following tasks on the practical test in an aircraft appropriate to category, class, and type for the rating sought: Preflight inspection, normal takeoff, normal instrument landing system approach, missed approach, and normal landing; or
(2) The applicant’s pilot certificate will be issued with a limitation that states: “The [name of the additional type rating] is subject to pilot in command limitations,” and the applicant is restricted from serving as pilot in command in an aircraft of that type.
(g) The limitation described under paragraph (f)(2) of this section may be removed from the pilot certificate if the applicant complies with the following—
(1) Performs 25 hours of flight time in an aircraft of the category, class, and type for which the limitation applies under the direct observation of the pilot in command who holds a category, class, and type rating, without limitations, for the aircraft;
(2) Logs each flight and the pilot in command who observed the flight attests in writing to each flight;
(3) Obtains the flight time while performing the duties of pilot in command; and
(4) Presents evidence of the supervised operating experience to any Examiner or FAA Flight Standards District Office to have the limitation removed.
[Doc. No. FAA-2006-26661, 76 FR 78143, Dec. 16, 2011]