However, per the law’s provisions, the FAA last
year published a notice of proposed rulemaking
to modify and create a new “restricted
privileges” ATP. The proposed FARs included a
requirement that all pilots serving in Part 121
operations be type-rated in the aircraft flown.
It would also give flight-hour reductions to
earn the restricted privileges ATP by pilots who
are at least 21 years old and have military
flight experience or professional flight
training from an accredited university. ALPA
supported these provisions, but also called on
the agency to “grandfather” those pilots who are
currently flying in FAR 121 operations so their
employment will continue uninterrupted beyond
the August 2, 2013, deadline.
We understand that the FAA may also qualify
pilots for the “restricted” ATP if they are at
least 21 and have at least 1,500 hours flight
time without military qualifications and without
formal flight training through a college or
university. The FAA has not yet published a
final rule on these issues, but it is
anticipated to come out very close to the August
2, 2013, legislative deadline.
The FAA has approved changes to airline training
programs so pilots can be issued an ATP and
type-rating during recurrent training. Some
airlines, but not all, have been very proactive
and are helping their commercial-certificate
holders obtain both of these authorizations in
advance of the requirement.