The federal government is asking the state of Colorado to revise its recreational pilot licensing requirements, saying the requirement is confusing and outdated.
The state has been working on a proposal to revise the current licensing requirements since last year, when the state received more than $10 million in federal money to help create a more streamlined and modern program.
Colorado’s proposal, if approved, would expand the pool of pilots eligible for the program from three to 10, making it easier for Colorado to attract more people who want to pursue flying.
The new rule would also allow pilots to take up to three years to complete their training.
The FAA also said it would work with the Colorado pilot community to develop a pilot training curriculum.
The state is also working on legislation to make recreational pilots eligible to fly in the airspace over parts of the U.S. that were designated as wilderness in the 1930s, the agency said.
It’s not clear yet how many pilots would be eligible for that certification, but the FAA has said it expects to see a significant number.
“We’re excited to work with our partners to provide a pilot certification program to Colorado, which has the potential to create thousands of jobs,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
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