Updated Oct. 1, 2020

The FAA has provided relief from certain proficiency and medical requirements for pilots and other FAA certificate holders due to ongoing challenges related to COVID-19. As a result of NBAA’s efforts, the FAA issued Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118 on April 29, 2020, that contains relief for a significant portion of the general aviation community.

Review the original SFAR 118 from April 29, 2020 (PDF)

On June 25, 2020, the FAA issued an extension to SFAR 118 to acknowledge the longer than expected impact of COVID-19 and provide similar relief for FAA certificate holders that face expiration of the proficiency or medical requirements.

Review the extended SFAR 118.1 from June 25, 2020 (PDF)

On Sept. 30, 2020, the FAA issued another extension to SFAR 118 to provide continued relief for FAA certificate holders that face expiration of the proficiency or medical requirements.

Review the extended SFAR 118.2 from Sept. 30, 2020 (PDF)

A summary of the of additional relief provided by SFAR 118.1 and SFAR 118.2 is listed below.

14 CFR
Area of Relief
Original
SFAR 118 Relief
Amended
SFAR 118-1 Relief
Amended
SFAR 118-2 Relief
61.55
Second-in-Command Pilot Qualifications
Due March-June 2020 has 3-month grace period to complete training Added pilots due July-September 2020 Added pilots due Oct 2020-Jan 2021, but only 2 total grace months to complete training
61.56
Pilot Flight Review
Due March-June 2020 has 3-month grace period to complete training Added pilots due July-September 2020 Added pilots due Oct 2020-Jan 2021, but only 2 total grace months to complete a flight review
61.57
Pilot Instrument Currency
9-month currency lookback period (instead of 6 months) for flights April 30-June 30, 2020 Added look-back period for flights in July-September 2020 No further relief
61.58
Pilot-in-Command Proficiency Check
Due March-June 2020 has 3-month grace period to complete check Added pilots due July-September 2020 Added pilots due Oct 2020-Jan 2021, but only 2 total grace months to complete the check
Part 91, Subpart K
Crewmember Requirements
Due March-June 2020 has 3-month grace period to complete training, recency and checking Added crewmembers due July-September 2020 Added crewmembers due Oct 2020-Jan 2021, but only 2 total grace months to complete training, recency and checking
Part 91, Subpart N
Mitsubishi MU-2B Series Special Training, Experience and Operating Requirements
Due March-June 2020 has 3-month grace period to complete training and flight review Added pilots due July-September 2020 Added pilots due Oct 2020-Jan 2021, but only 2 total grace months to complete the training and flight review
107.65
Remote Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge Recency
Due March-June 2020; privileges are renewed for 6 months following completion of online training Added remote pilots whose privileges are due to expire July-September 2020 No further relief
Part 125
Flight Crewmember Requirements
Due March-June 2020 has 3-month grace period to complete training, recency and checking Added crewmembers due July-September 2020 Added crewmembers due Oct 2020-Jan 2021, but only 2 total grace months to complete training, recency and checking
SFAR 73
Robinson R-22/R-44 Special Training and Experience Requirements
Due March-June 2020 has 3-month grace period to complete flight review Added pilots due July-September 2020 Added pilots due Oct 2020-Jan 2021, but only 2 total grace months to complete a flight review
61.23
Pilot Medical Certificate Duration (All Pilots)
Validity of March-May 2020 medicals extended to June 30, 2020 Extends medical validity period by 3 calendar months from expiration. Applies to medicals expiring March-September 2020. Extend medical validity period by 2 calendar months from expiration for pilots whose medicals expire Oct 2020-Jan 2021
61.23
Pilot Medical Certificate Duration (Alaska Pilots)
Nothing Alaska-specific – covered under 61.23 (All Pilots) Nothing Alaska-specific – covered under 61.23 (All Pilots) Extend medical validity period by 3 calendar months from expiration for pilots that reside in or serve as a pilot of an aircraft in Alaska whose medicals expire Oct 2020-Jan 2021
61.39
Pilot Knowledge Test Validity Period
Test results expiring March-June 2020 extended 3 calendar months Knowledge tests expiring in July-September 2020 added Knowledge tests expiring Oct 2020-Jan 2021 extended 2 calendar months
61.197
Flight Instructor Renewal
Certificate expiration March-May 2020 have until June 30, 2020, to renew No further relief No further relief
SFAR 100-2
Relief for U.S. Military and Civilian Personnel Who are Assigned Outside the U.S. in Support of U.S. Armed Forces Operations
Eligible persons that returned from overseas October 2019-March 2020 received an extension of 3 calendar months No further relief No further relief
63.3
Flight Engineer Medical Certificate Duration (All Flight Engineers)
Validity of March-May 2020 medicals extended to June 30, 2020 Extend medical validity period by 3 calendar months from expiration applies to medicals expiring March-September 2020 Extend medical validity period by 2 calendar months from expiration for flight engineers whose medicals expire Oct 2020-Jan 2021
63.3
Flight Engineer Medical Certificate Duration (Alaska Flight Engineers)
Nothing Alaska-specific – covered under 63.3 (All Flight Engineers) Nothing Alaska-specific – covered under 63.3 (All Flight Engineers) Extend medical validity period by 3 calendar months from expiration for flight engineers who reside in or serve as a flight engineer of an aircraft in Alaska whose medicals expire Oct 2020-Jan 2021
63.35
Flight Engineer Written Test Validity Period
Test results expiring March-June 2020 extended 3 calendar months Written tests expiring in July-September 2020 added Written tests expiring in Oct 2020-Jan 2021 extended 2 calendar months
65.55
Dispatcher Knowledge Test Validity Period
Test results expiring March-June 2020 extended 3 calendar months Knowledge tests expiring in July-September 2020 added Knowledge tests expiring in Oct 2020-Jan 2021 extended 2 calendar months
65.71
Mechanic Applicant Testing Period
Testing period expires March-June 2020 extended 3 months Testing period expiring in July-September 2020 added Testing period expiring in Oct 2020-Jan 2021 extended 2 calendar months
65.93
Mechanic with Inspection Authorization Renewal
3 additional months (April-June 2020) to meet year one renewal requirements No further relief No further relief
65.117
Military Riggers
Eligible military parachute riggers who were released March-June 2019 have 3 additional months to make application No further relief No further relief
141.5
Pilot School Certificate Requirements
Provisional certificate expires April-June 2020 extended to Dec. 31, 2020, to apply for a pilot school certificate No further relief No further relief
141.27
Pilot School Certificate Renewal Requirements
Certificate expires April-June 2020 extended to Dec. 31, 2020, to renew No further relief No further relief
21.197
Special Flight Permit – Move Aircraft to Storage
April 30-Dec. 31, 2020 No further relief Extend relief period to March 31, 2021

The FAA has also compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding SFAR 118 and SFAR 118.1, which outlines on a section-by-section basis how eligibly is determined and how operators comply with relief.

Review the FAA SFAR 118 and SFAR 118.1 FAQ (PDF)