Practical exam extensions
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I had to discontinue my CFI practical exam last Tuesday due to low ceilings. Is the extension of the 60 days to complete a practical exam part of what is being discussed with the FAA, and does anyone have any updates?  Thanks,

Jason
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AOPA Staff Answer
Hi Jason,

AOPA has asked the FAA for consideration for these types of situations. As of right now we haven't received any answer. Keep an eye out on the website front page, as that is where this information will be posted when we hear back. 
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I have been trying to get my flight review done for the past 5 weeks. I can not fly anymore and this is not safe that I can't stay current. The FAA is sure taken their time regarding this crisis. Why can they not extend our flight reviews for 90 days? This should not be that difficult
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Gary Harvancik:
Why can they not extend our flight reviews for 90 days? This should not be that difficult

It's not so easy to change a regulation.  Some regulations can be waived, such as many of the Flight Rules in Part 91.  But those waiverable rules are specifically listed in Part 91 Subpart J, along with the procedures to waive them, and all other Part 91 rules cannot be waived (and that includes 91.409 for annual inspections, which isn't on the waiverable list).  For Part 61, there are no waiverable rules, so the only options would be to change the rules or provide an exemption to those rules.  The FAA isn't going to change the regulations just to meet this one situation (and even if they wanted to, the process takes months to years), so that leaves only an exemption.  The exemption process is described in Part 11, section 11.61, et seq.  As you can see from those regulations, this isn't something which can be done by waving a magic wand.  Typically, you need 120 days lead time to get an exemption.  No doubt the FAA can speed that process if the need is urgent, but it won't happen overnight.

Note that with the medical certificate issue, the FAA didn't change the rule, but only announced they would not enforce the rule for a period of time.  Perhaps they could do the same thing with recent experience and flight reviews, but there are other issues to be considered.  With medical certification, the FAA has always put the responsibility on the individual pilot for deciding on a daily basis whether you are fit to fly.  But when it comes to issues of flight proficiency and recent experience, I suspect the FAA views proficiency as a more perishable commodity.  We'll see what they do.

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This is a similar situation to people that have had an unsatisfactory practical test.  61.43(f)(1) requires retesting within 60 days after the date of the practical test.  As a DPE I stopped giving ck rides in the middle of March and have several people that will run out of 60 days fairly soon.  I asked my POI if she was aware of any possibility that relief might be coming to the this requirement and was told that she has not see anything that indicated changes might be coming.

Even though I am in good health, I am 80 years old and listening to a barrage of information telling me it would not be smart to start giving ck rides right now.  To my knowledge there are few if any Examiners giving check rides in the area.  This is a hardship on pilots in this situation and seems a good issue for AOPA and the other Alphabet organizations to approach the folks in Flight Standards with.
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According to AOPA, the FAA is working on an emergency SFAR to address these and other issues, but that won't happen overnight.

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/april/09/is-your-currency-expiring

 
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Ronald Levy:
According to AOPA, the FAA is working on an emergency SFAR to address these and other issues, but that won't happen overnight.

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/april/09/is-your-currency-expiring

 

Does anyone know what the timeline is on this? My currency expires this month and I've held off scheduling a flight review because of that announcement and because I'd rather keep social distance. Now I won't be able to fly...

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Dale Emmons:

Does anyone know what the timeline is on this? My currency expires this month and I've held off scheduling a flight review because of that announcement and because I'd rather keep social distance. Now I won't be able to fly...

Maybe someone in the FAA does, but by law, they can't discuss the regulatory process outside the rulemaking system, so nobody outside the FAA knows what the status is, exactly what's being discussed, or when it's likely to happen.  The place to watch for official announcements on this is:
https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=94991
 

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Looks like this is extremely limited in scope:

Additionally, this relief applies to some operations conducted by pilots exercising private pilot privileges, provided the pilot has at least 500 hours of total time as a pilot of which 400 hours is as PIC and 50 of the PIC hours were accrued in the last 12 calendar months. The kinds of operations permitted are those that are:
incidental to business or employment,
in support of family medical needs or to transport essential goods for personal use,
necessary to fly an aircraft to a location in order to meet a requirement of this chapter, or
a flight to transport essential goods and/or medical supplies to support public health needs.