Heard of a FSDO that renews your CFI automatically because you are in a position to evaluate other pilots. Is this universal among FSDOs or should I go to the one I, uhh, heard about!
Hey, it's a government office. Whatdya expect?Bah, some standardization among FSDOs would be nice...
I would disagree with that. I think that you would know alot about IFR operations and part 121 ops and the crew environment but would certainly not be up to standards on teaching PVT and COMM maneuvers. Even only having been out of instructing for 500 hours now I would feel incredibly rusty trying to teach a private student all of the appropriate maneuvers. Could I fly all of them to PTS, yes, but could I teach them as well as before?they figure at that stage in your flying career, you probably know more than joe-blow cfi off the street.
They absolutely should. If they aren't, then they aren't following the rules.From what I have seen/heard, if you are a checkairman or an instructor, pretty much any inspector at a FSDO will do it.
-mini61.197 said:(a) A person who holds a flight instructor certificate that has not expired may renew that certificate by—
(2) Presenting to an authorized FAA Flight Standards Inspector—
(ii) A record showing that, within the preceding 24 calendar months, the flight instructor has served as a company check pilot, chief flight instructor, company check airman, or flight instructor in a part 121 or part 135 operation, or in a position involving the regular evaluation of pilots; or
Unless you could convince someone that as a PIC you're constantly "in a position involving the regular evaluation of pilots" (SICs). Might be worth a call to your local FSDO.It sounds to me like if you are a part 121 line captain, and you are in a position to instruct or evaluate other pilots, then you would qualify for a CFI renewal. However, just being a part 121 line pilot on its own does not qualify you for a renewal.
I called the DEN FSDO to make an appointment, but it wasn't necessary. I showed up with the 8710 filled out. All they wanted was the 8710, a photocopy of my company ID and some other written proof that I'm a captain. I gave him a copy of my trip schedule for that day that shows me as the captain. There were two pilots there before me and another waiting when I left. I dont have the guys name on me right now, but I think it was Greg Smith"I just renewed mine in Denver a few weeks ago. Took about 15 mins out of my day"
Details? You have the inspectors name and would he do it again?
It's all food for thought as Gleim is painless and low threat. Still, this is one of those cool FAA grey areas that are interesting to explore.