In April 2018, the FAA discontinued the requirement that commercial pilot and flight instructor candidates conduct their single-engine airplane practical test in a complex airplane, and the final rule published June 27 takes that a step further:
Commercial pilot candidates can now use a TAA (technically advanced airplanes) in lieu of, or in combination with, a complex (or turbine-powered) airplane to satisfy the 10 hours of required training in these airplanes – with its G5 PFD(s), GTN 750/650 MFDs and the GFC 500 AP, N513WF qualifies as TAA!
Effective August 27, paragraph (j) has been added to §61.129:
(j) Technically advanced airplane. Unless otherwise authorized by the Administrator, a technically advanced airplane must be equipped with an electronically advanced avionics system that includes the following installed components:
(1) An electronic Primary Flight Display (PFD) that includes, at a minimum, an airspeed indicator, turn coordinator, attitude indicator, heading indicator, altimeter, and vertical speed indicator;
(2) An electronic Multifunction Display (MFD) that includes, at a minimum, a moving map using Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation with the aircraft position displayed;
(3) A two axis autopilot integrated with the navigation and heading guidance system; and
(4) The display elements described in paragraphs (j)(1) and (2) of this section must be continuously visible.
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