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How Can I Get an SIC Type Rating?
In our last blog, we went into detail about PIC type ratings, but SIC type ratings are necessary for second-in-command pilots who plan to fly outside of the U.S. and land in other countries. If you're seeking certification to operate an aircraft with at least two pilots, here's how you can go about getting a SIC type rating to qualify as second-in-command.
Complete a Training Program
As of 2020, there are approximately 690,000 pilots in the United States, according to Statista. A pilot can get a SIC type rating by either completing an approved second-in-command training program, or a pilot may complete SIC familiarization training in accordance with FAA regulations and apply to the FAA for the rating to be added to the pilot certificate.
Follow the Training Process
To get a SIC type rating, there's a process you need to follow. Once you've applied for your training program, you'll undergo familiarization training from a qualified instructor under 14 CFR part 61.55(b). Your instructor will sign your training record after each lesson is complete and will make an endorsement in your training record stating that you've demonstrated the necessary knowledge and skill required for the Second in Command type rating.
From there, you'll complete an Airman Certificate, Rating Application, and/or FAA Form 8710-1 and present your application and training records to an examiner or the FAA FSDO in person. The "Instructor's Recommendation" section of your FAA Form 8710-1 must be signed by the instructor that provided you with both ground and flight training.
Once your paperwork has been successfully signed and submitted to the examiner or an FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), the requirements for the rating will be considered complete and your SIC type rating will be added to your pilot certificate.
Ready to Get Started?
An SIC type rating is not only required for second-in-command pilots flying outside the United States, but it can also be an excellent way to expand your training and your knowledge of jet aircraft. If you're ready to get involved in your next Cessna Citation training course, don't hesitate to reach out to Jet Safety International. We provide recurrent training classes and Citation training courses for all types of pilots. For more information, contact us today!