Vintage & Experimental Aircraft Program

This program standardizes pilot certification in the following U.S. aircraft:

  • Vintage Type Certificated aircraft which require a type rating
  • Experimental turbine-powered aircraft
  • Experimental aircraft with a maximum gross weight in excess of 12,500 pounds, or
  • Experimental piston powered aircraft with an engine over 800 HP and a Vne (never exceed speed) greater than 250 knots

Vintage & Experimental Aircraft Pilot-in-Command (PIC)

Some experimental aircraft operating limitations require that before acting as PIC, a pilot must get an aircraft authorization on his or her pilot certificate. The process is similar to seeking a type rating in a standard category aircraft.

FAA is revising Advisory Circular (AC) 91-68 to reflect the latest procedure. Until then, pilots may refer to the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS), Volume 5, Chapter 9, Section 2, Letter of Authorization (LOA) for PIC of Surplus Military Turbine- or Piston-Powered Airplanes. Refer to the FSIMS Table of Contents.

Contact Information: The Vintage & Experimental Program Office, telephone: (405) 954-6400

If you are having difficulty locating an examiner, please call the Specialty Aircraft Examiner Branch at (405) 954-6400.

Last updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2023