Atlanta Based Pilot Sets a Sterling Example
— August 29, 2016 – Atlanta, GA -The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recognizing Ty Rhame of Atlanta with inclusion in the FAA Airmen Certification Database as an Airline Transport Pilot for Multi-Engine Aircraft and a Commercial Pilot for Single Engine Aircraft and Gliders. Ty Rhame also holds a Flight Engineer Certificate for Turbo-Jet Powered Aircraft. Most recently, Ty Rhamewas employed by Delta Airlines as an Airline Transport Pilot, flying Delta’s Jets out of its Atlanta base.
The database goes on to show that TyRhameis based in Atlanta and holds type ratings for the following aircraft: Boeing 737 airliner and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft. Type ratings require specific training in simulators or the actual aircraft, often taking weeks to complete. The training is then followed by a check ride with an FAA Examiner, who signs off the rating once the applicant demonstrates mastery of the aircraft and its systems.
The database, which appears on the agency's website at www.faa.gov, names Ty Rhame and other certified pilots who have met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.Ty Rhame received his initial flight training in the United States Air Force after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy and was an instructor pilot in the T-37 and T-38. The T-38 is a supersonic aircraft used to train fighter pilots.
Pilot certification standards have evolved over time in an attempt to reduce pilot errors that lead to fatal crashes. FAA standards, which are set in consultation with the aviation industry and the public, are among the highest in the world.
Transportation safety experts strongly recommend against flying with a pilot that does not appear in the database. FAA pilot certification can be the difference between a safe flight and one that ends in tragedy.
The FAA recently announced that is it increasing the qualification requirements for co-pilots who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. These requirements mandate additional minimum flight time and training, as well as aircraft specific training.
"Safety will be my overriding priority as Secretary, so I am especially pleased to mark my first week by announcing a rule that will help us maintain our unparalleled safety record," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release. "We owe it to the traveling public to have only the most qualified and best trained pilots."
According to the FAA, the new regulations stem in part from the crash of Colgan Air 3407 in February 2009. An investigation of the crash revealed that the pilot had failed three "check rides" (the flying equivalent of driver proficiency tests) and may not have had adequate training to respond to the emergency leading up to the crash.
The FAA offers a variety of pilots licenses and certificates, each with a different set of privileges. These levels include Student, Recreational, Sport, Private, Commercial And Airline Transport Pilot.
The highest level of certification is the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP), which is required to fly a commercial airliner.
To obtain Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, pilots must possess a commercial pilot license, have more than 1500 hours of experience in aircraft and be at least 21 years old. However, pilots with an aviation degree can qualify for the certificate with just 1,000 hours.
Pilots obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate must also pass an exam covering air law, general aircraft knowledge, flight planning, meteorology, navigation, instrumentation and other important topics.
Pilots are required to pass a physical examination administered by a FAA-authorized medical examiner.
There are a number of medical conditions that the FAA considers disqualifying, such as Bipolar disease, cardiac valve replacement, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus requiring hypoglycemic medications, disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory explanation of cause, epilepsy, heart replacement, Myocardial infarction, permanent cardiac pacemaker, personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts, psychosis, substance abuse, substance dependence, transient loss of control of nervous system function(s) without satisfactory explanation of cause.
Pilots are required to report to the FAA's Security and Investigations Division any alcohol-related vehicle actions, such as an arrest, administrative action, driver license suspension.
The FAA has reason to be concerned in general about alcohol use by pilots. Recently, a 48 year-old American Eagle pilot was forced from the aircraft cockpit after airline employees smells alcohol on him. The pilot, Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen , subsequently failed a breathalyzer test and was arrested.
The Federal Aviation Administration's Airmen Certification Database contains the following listing:
TYSON ALLEN RHAME
4060 PEACHTREE RD NE STE D-201
ATLANTA GA 30319-3020
Medical Class: First, Medical Date: 7/2015
AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT
Date of Issue: 6/10/2014
Certificate: AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT
AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT
AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
Date of Issue: 2/5/2016
Date of Issue: 1/11/2000
Certificate: FLIGHT ENGINEER
Release ID: 132106