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Renewing an expired flight instructor certificate

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I have an expired flight instructor certificate. Am I reading 61.199 (a) correctly in that all I have to do is the practical test again? No ground work? No hours of questioning? No stress? ...well, much less stress, anyhow.

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Aug 05, 2017

    You are correct, in that reinstatement is done through a practical test.

    The PTS contains a table that outlines which areas of operation need to be accomplished.
    While the FOI area is not listed, would think that any competent DPE or ASI would evaluate FOI during your presentation of a maneuver lesson.

    Also, the practical tests are moving away from asking rote questions toward scenarios.

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  2. KDS on Aug 05, 2017

    What Kris wrote is correct. I would just add the rules for DPE’s is that they HAVE to check the required items, but they MAY checks any task within the PTS even if it’s not required. The FOI on a CFI reinstatement is a good example of that.

    Also, if you hold ratings in multiple areas, you only need do one of the applicable PTS checks. The easy example is if you hold a CFI for ASE and Instrument-Airplane, you can choose to do either of those two PTS tests.

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  3. Ken White on Aug 06, 2017

    Mark, your question reads to me like you are interpreting the “practical test” as jumping in the airplane and going flying. As Kris said the PTS lays out the required tasks for the reinstatement practical, which does include “ground work and hours of questioning” as you put it. Thinking back to my initial CFI, the FOI stuff was only a small portion of my oral. The tasks listed in the reinstatement table accounted for a much larger portion of that oral.

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