FAA Announces New Pilot Testing System – Changes for Manned and Drone Pilots

By: Miriam McNabb

Heads up drone pilots – as of January 13, 2020 the FAA is going to make major changes to the way that it handles testing.  All applicants will now need to create a profile and get an FAA tracking number before testing.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on January 13, 2020, will launch improvements to the way it tests all applicants for an FAA airman certificate for all certificated pilots (including drone pilots).

One of the most important changes is the requirement that all applicants obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) by creating an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile prior to registering for a knowledge test.

  • The FTN allows the applicant and any certifying officer the ability to pull up airman information in a consistent format, leaving little room for errors associated with an applicant’s name. Previously, name inconsistencies could lead to returned files and lengthy delays in the certification process.
  • IACRA is the web-based certification/rating application that guides the user through the FAA’s airman application process.

For more information about the new testing system, please visit Airman Certificate Testing Service (ACTS).

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