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Greater Chicago FSDO

Flight Standards Realignment information

Office Information

The Greater Chicago FSDO is open Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays) from 07:30am to 4:00pm. Appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Note: The Greater Chicago FSDO is NOT accepting appointments at this time for the following services. Please read all notes and exceptions and contact a Greater Chicago FSDO Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE) (PDF).

  • Private Pilot Certificate Based on Foreign Certificate
  • Military Competency
  • SIC type rating applications
  • SOE restriction removals
  • Restricted ATP limitation removal
  • Student pilot certificates
  • Ground Instructor applications (Basic, Advanced and Instrument)
  • Remote Pilot Certificates (See Unmanned Aerial Systems below)
  • CFI Renewals
    • Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC)

NOTE: The Integrated Airmen Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) must be utilized for the above services when available. A help manual is provided on the IACRA website.

EXCEPTIONS to this policy: Applicants must make an appointment with the CHI FSDO for the following services requiring FAA Inspector Physical review:

  • CFI Renewals based on Duties and Responsibilities: The following are examples of renewals based on Duties and Responsibilities:
    • 135/121 Company Check Airmen
    • 141 Chief/Assistant Chief Flight Instructor
  • Initial application /add a Gold Seal to Flight Instructor Certificate
  • Removal of English Language Limitation
  • Airmen Change to Personal Data – Change of name, Change of nationality, Change of Gender and Change in date of birth

Additional Resources

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Basic Med

  • The Basic Med for GA Pilots effective May 1, 2017. You can fly without an FAA Medical IF you meet Basic Med Requirements. For more information, go to the link below:

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