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how to regain flight instructor rating for a DoD IP with an expired FI rating

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I'm an active duty USAF C-17 instructor pilot. My flight instructor rating expired January 2012. During my career I've earned an ATP multi-engine and a Commercial Single. In January 2010 I took the Flight Instructor competency test as a DoD IP. That Flight Instructor rating expired while I was on a staff duty and not flying for 2 years. Now that I'm activey instructing again in the C-17 I want to regain my FI rating. Can I just retake the test? Thank you in advance for advice. Andy

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Jun 24, 2014

    Interesting question.

    61.199 deals with reinstatement and requires a practical test to reinstate.

    However, you initially obtained you CFI without taking a practical test.

    There are only two possible answers.

    1 You need to take a practical test.
    2. Since you obtained you CFI based on your military instructor credentials and are still an active military instructor, you could be reinstated by presenting the paperwork you initially showed to obtain the CFI.

    I would not bother calling a FSDO for an answer. Inspectors cannot interpret regulations and this appears to require an interpretation.

    Call the FAA Office of Legal Counsel and pose the question to them.
    (202) 267-3222

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