What Types Of
Certificates Can A Deaf Pilot Obtain
And What Are The Differences In The Certificates?
A deaf pilot can obtain:
1) A Student Pilot Certificate (A student pilot certificate is designed for the initial instructional period of flying. The student pilot is limited to flying with the flight instructor or solo after appropriate instructor endorsements (Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sections 61.87 and 61.89).)
2) Recreational Pilot Certificate (A recreational pilot certificate limits the holder to specific categories and classes of aircraft, the number of passengers which may be carried, the distance that may be flown from the departure point, flight into controlled airports, and other limitations (14 CFR section 61.101))
3) Private Pilot Certificate, and, on a limited basis: (A private pilot certificate permits the pilot to carry passengers and provides for limited business use of an airplane (14 CFR section 61.113))
4) A Commercial Pilot Certificate: A commercial pilot certificate permits the pilot to conduct certain types of operations for compensation and hire (14 CFR section 61.133). For example, agricultural aircraft operations, banner towing operations, or any operation which does not require radio communication. With new interface technology for in cockpit receipt of weather information and digital communication,
5) additional pilot certificates may be available to deaf pilots in the future.
An individual who is deaf can obtain a pilot certificate in one of the five categories of aircraft: airplane, rotorcraft, glider, powered-lift, or lighter-than-air. A deaf pilot's certificate will include the limitation, "Not Valid for Flights Requiring the Use of Radio" (14 CFR section 61.13).
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