FAA Announces Changes to Application - Including Drone Pilots

December 16, 2019 — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on January 13, 2020, will launch improvements to the way it tests all applicants for an FAA airman certificate for all certificated pilots (including drone pilots).

One of the most important changes is the requirement that all applicants obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) by creating an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile prior to registering for a knowledge test.

• The FTN allows the applicant and any certifying officer the ability to pull up airman information in a consistent format, leaving little room for errors associated with an applicant’s name. Previously, name inconsistencies could lead to returned files and lengthy delays in the certification process.

• IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application that guides the user through the FAA's airman application process.

The FAA will host four webinars, beginning this week, to explain the new testing system, including the FTN requirement. Please select one of the dates below to register for a Webinar.

• Thursday, December 19, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. EST
• Thursday, December 19, 2019 – 3:00 p.m. EST
• Wednesday, January 8, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. EST
• Wednesday, January 8, 2020 – 3:00 p.m. EST

For more information about the new testing system, please visit Airman Certificate Testing Service (ACTS).

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