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Certification of Airmen

Aircraft Ratings of Pilot Certificate §61.5

(except Student Pilot certificates; they receive no ratings, only endorsements)
Category Class Type
airplane
  • single/multi-engine
  • land/sea
(i.e. ASEL/AMEL/ASES/AMES)
  • large aircraft
  • turbojet-powered airplanes
rotorcraft helicopter
gyroplane
glider
lighter-than-air airship
balloon
powered lift
powered parachute
  • land/sea
weight-shift control
  • land/sea

‘Type’ certification for any aircraft with Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) over 12,500 lbs or with turbojet.

Instrument Ratings of Pilot Certificate

With Respect to Certification of Aircraft

What is the aircraft's intended use, and what are its operating limitations?
Category
Transport
Commuter
Normal
Utility
Acrobatic
Limited
Light Sport
Experimental
Provisional
How does the aircraft fly: propulsion, flight, landing?
Class
airplane
rotorcraft
glider
balloon
landplane
seaplane

References

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