It says that they are moving to a new licensing computer system, which should have 'minimal impact on industry'.
However it does mention "Current Licence numbers are in an alphanumeric format. It may be necessary to move to numeric only format in the new system. Any such change will be advised in advance."
Just a head up for those of us who have an FAA airman's certificate, which is 'based on' an IAA licence. Ie. It is not a stand alone FAA certificate.
If the number on your IAA licence, changes, then your FAA Airman's certificate is no longer valid, and you'll have to reapply for another FAA Airmans certificate if you need it.
This does not affect anyone with an FAA stand alone, certificate (ie. you did the FAA skills test). It only affects those who got an FAA certificate on the basis of their IAA licence.
I know there were posts on the language subject before. I contacted the FAA recently and they were quite categoric that foreign based FAA PPL's have to go through the entire verification process with the subsequent interview and pick-up at an FSDO to get the English Language certification noted on the FAA licence. Without it the FAA licence is invalid.
The only way around the renumbering is perhaps for the IAA to notify the FAA of the change and seek a smooth reissuing of the licences with the new numbers. It would be ideal if we could apply to the FAA quoting old and new numbers and the FAA get an email verification from IAA and reissue the FAA licence quoting new number. Then of course one would have thought that would work with the language certification.
Unless you need to go flying in the USA or need the FAA licence to fly an N reg one might best wait until the renumbering takes place.
As a matter of interest does anyone know the timeline for this?
Yes you need to go through the whole process again, and visit the FSDO. A bit of a PITA.cubpilot wrote:does anyone have details if FAA will reissue the licence if you contact them to give the new number or will you have to go through all the rigmarole of verification and presenting yourself to an fsdo to get a reissue just because of this number change. if the latter then the change by IAA is going to cost us dearly
But note the wording on the AIC. It is by no means certain that numbers will change....it just highlights the possibility that it maybe necessary. They also agree to advise in advance if it does become necessary.
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