Airman/CFI certification in the olden days

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by DenverDave, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. DenverDave

    DenverDave Filing Flight Plan

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    So the story goes that my grandpa did the Civilian Pilot Training Program in the 1930s and was flying Cubs around. It's even how he met my grandma and it definitely got me interested in aviation from an early age (passed my PPL checkride 2/27). As far as anyone in the family knows he didn't do any flying in WWII or after. So I looked him up on the FAA website and he had a CPL ASEL with the limit of flight instructor expiring 144 calendar months after issuance.

    I'm hoping some folks on here can explain a little more about how certificates in this time period were issued, how long a CFI certificate was good for, etc. To me it looks like he was an instructor in the CPTP and only got a formal certificate issued after the war? idk

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  2. kgruber

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    Cool that he is still in the database!!
     
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    Pretty cool to learn things about the family.!!
     
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    Pretty much everyone is still in the database... It's pretty fun to look up historical celebrities. :)

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    There is a lot of information missing from the early years. There are records that could be for Orville Wright and Charles Lindbergh, but the issue date for their certs is 1947. In fact, the Amelia Earhart record above is the only one I found earlier than 1947... But I looked up my great-grandfather, who was a pilot prior to WWII, and his issue date says 1948 so that time frame may be when they decided to keep a centralized record of all of the pilots and the "issue" dates are just entry dates. It sounds like this is true of @DenverDave 's grandpa too.
     
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    Well there is the problem. If Amelia had just updated her latest address within 30 days then there would be no mystery of her whereabouts today....