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Features October 2014 Issue

It's Just A Certificate

Is that a pilot's license you've got? Not from the FAA it isn't. Thinking of adding a commercial rating? Nope, wrong again. Yeah, we're confused too, so here's the straight scoop.

What is that green piece of plastic sent to you by our friends in Oklahoma City called? If you answer license, crack open the regulations. The FAA issues certificates, not licenses. This bit of precision is useful for winning bar bets with flying buddies—serves them right for not reading IFR—as well as understanding the regulatory structure of certification; particularly, the advantages of certification over licensing.

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