EAA Government Department Needs Your Assistance
April 22, 2011 – The EAA Government Department periodically reviews the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) to determine if any changes should be made in order to reduce the complexity or difficulty of participating in aviation. Recently, a question was asked about the qualification requirements to become an FAA Ground Instructor in accordance with FAR 61, Subpart I, specifically FAR 61.213. Among other requirements, FAR 61.213(a) requires the applicant to pass two written tests: (a)(3) a fundamentals of instruction test; and (a)(4) an aeronautical knowledge test.
The question we are now researching concerns the exclusions that would permit an applicant not to have to take the fundamentals of instruction written test. These exclusions, per FAR 61.213(b), are:
- “Hold an existing ground instructor certificate or a flight instructor certificate issued under FAR 61; or
- Hold a current teachers certificate issued by a state, county, city, or municipality that authorizes the person to teach at an educational level of the 7th grade or higher; or
- Is employed as a teacher at an accredited college or university.”
We need the opinion of chapter members who are teachers, ground instructors, or flight instructors on this question: “In the second exclusion, is the 7th grade teaching limit appropriate or should that level be higher or lower? Why?”
E-mail your responses to Randy Hansen, EAA Government Relations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 920-426-6103 or 1-800-564-6322 (ask for Randy).