IACRA – Everything You Need to Know
What is IACRA, and why is it important to pilots?
IACRA stands for: Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in in charge of pilot license applications and oversees the process. This is to make sure pilots meet all requirements. It is a web-based system where pilots can apply, monitor, and obtain their certifications and ratings. Pilot training is more than flying. Pilots also have to learn the rules, regulations, and procedures that govern flight and pilot credentials.
How does IACRA work?
IACRA FAA offers a progression of pilot certificates or licenses. They begin with the student pilot and including subsequent licenses and ratings. For example, they include private pilot license and commercial pilot license. Each license or rating requires different pilot experience, skill, and knowledge. Each license or rating includes varying privileges and limitations. Pilots provide all required information and documentation online, including electronic signatures. This ensures an accurate collection, analysis, and validation of data. Applying online is more efficient. This eliminates paper forms and provides temporary certificates that can be printed from your computer.
What happens when my application is submitted?
IACRA uses several FAA databases. This is to validate and verify information needed to process applications for airman certification. All of this is done automatically, and it is to ensure accuracy and efficiency. Once verified and confirmed, IACRA forwards your 8710-1 application along with your test results to the Airman Registry. This is the final step in the process.
What happens if I have problems?
IACRA’s main purpose is to simplify your application, which is why the process is done online. You are guided through the process step-by-step. From IACRA login to submitting documentation, the process is easy. IACRA constantly updates their website to make sure it is user-friendly. IACRA help is available online in case you require assistance during the process.
Who uses IACRA?
Everyone who wants to earn a pilot’s license regardless of rating or certification uses IACRA. This includes student pilots newly enrolled at flight school who are working on their VFR training, commercial pilots adding a type rating, and every other type of training certification. From IACRA student pilot to ATPL, all type ratings and licenses are processed here.
What else should I know about IACRA?
Become familiar with the site’s resources and links. You’ll see it’s easy to navigate, and it has useful FAQs. Your flight instructor will also know about IACRA, and he or she can answer any questions you might have. IACRA has made licensing so much easier now that everything is online. We encourage you to peruse their website, and become comfortable with the process. Once you’ve applied for your student pilot license, everything else will be easy!
How do I apply for IACRA?
- 1: Start a student application. Log into IACRA to create your student profile. (Note: You must be at least 13 years old to start the process, but you can’t complete it until you’re within 90 days of your 14th birthday.)
- 2: Complete the student application process. Provide personal information, and then complete certificate held section, basis of insurance section, and pilot time section. Also, be sure to review your information before you submit it.
- 3: Complete the certification process. Within 90 days of your 14th birthday, plan to meet with an RI. This is to begin the certifying checklist. The RI verifies your identity and age, and he will review the Privacy Act and Pilot Bill of Rights with you. Once the RI signs off, and the TSA has vetted your application, your temporary Student Pilot certificate will become available. You can submit your application electronically to your FAA Airman Certification branch, and your permanent certificate will be sent by mail.