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Can I ever be a pilot again after a certificate revocation?
Yes, you can, but you must wait a year before you can re-apply for a pilot certificate. General guidance is provided for in FAA Order 2150.3C -

When the FAA revokes a pilot certificate under 49 U.S.C. § 44709(b), the certificate is no longer valid and the holder may not exercise any of its privileges. Unlike a suspension, a certificate that has been revoked cannot be reinstated. That is FAA's way of saying your pilot certificate no longer exists; as if it was never issued. That is the bad news. 

The good news is that a person whose certificate has been revoked may be issued a new certificate provided that the person meets the qualification requirements for the new certificate. To be issued an airman certificate following revocation, an individual must retake all tests, whether written, oral, or practical. You must again take the knowledge test(s) and practical test(s).

Note the plural use of the word tests, and recall the hierarchy of FAA certification. Using the worst case example, a pilot who had a multi-engine ATP certificate revoked must obtain a student pilot certificate and then take private, instrument, commercial, and ATP knowledge and practical tests all over again, in order to regain an ATP privilege. The revocation of a private pilot certificate would require a student certificate and then the private knowledge and practical tests.

More good news is that any experience requirements for the new certificate may be met with experience obtained before the revocation. Flight time used the first time around never expires (you always have it), and can be used to regain certification. That, along with some requisite dual from an instructor to prepare you for the flight test(s).

And finally, as I noted earlier, unless otherwise authorized by the FAA Administrator, FAA will not accept an application for an airman certificate from an individual whose airman certificate has been revoked for one year after the date of revocation. Basically, one full year must elapse from the date of revocation until you can apply for a pilot certificate.

AOPA's Pilot Information Center staff can answer any specific questions you may have regarding certificate actions. They are not attorneys and cannot provide legal counsel, however. They are available M-F 830-600 ET at 800-872-2672 or
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There is a pilot named Chris Eden whose ticket was revoked twice in the 90's, but holds a Commercial Pilot today. OTOH, I understand that when Hayden "Jim" Sheaffer's ticket was revoked after the "Smoketown Bandits" unauthorized penetration of the DC SFRA and FRZ in 2005, his attorney was told privately that while the regs said Sheaffer could reapply in a year, he would never pass the checkride.  While some might think AOPA should advocate for pilots in a situation like that, then-AOPA President Phil Boyer said on an AOPA camera, "They don't pay me enough to defend actions like this." So while there is a mechanism to regain your tickets, it may. It always work if the offense is sufficiently egregious.  Best bet is to stay proficient, keep up with the rules, and just generally fly smart and safe so this issue does not arise for you.