Starting 31 October, the US Federal Aviation Administration will require pilots of business jets certified for single-pilot operations to pass yearly proficiency checks.
The agency said the amended training rule, which was first proposed two years ago, will require approximately 3,000 US-based pilots to spend nearly $4,000 per year on the flight checks, which must be performed either in full-flight simulators or in an aircraft with an FAA-designated examiner on board.
Today, pilots are required by regulation to complete a generic flight review with a flight instructor every two years, though insurance companies generally require more frequent, recurrent simulator-based training.
Ben Marcus, co-founder of California-based jet sales and training company JetAviva, said insurance companies generally require simulator sessions annually - or in some cases every six months - depending on the pilot's experience level.
"If you're already going to annual recurrent training at a simulator school, it's not going to be that different," Marcus added.
Pilots preferring in-aircraft training will see a difference however, as they will now have to pass the yearly proficiency using a limited number of FAA-approved pilot examiners.