# How is a type rating administered for aircraft that do not comply with 91.109?

Let's say you have a demilitarized A-10 (this isn't too farfetched an idea, as this SDSM&T proposal for a replacement thunderstorm research aircraft demonstrates). With an empty weight twice the 12,500 pound limit, it clearly requires a type rating; however, there was only one two-seat A-10 (the YA-10B) ever built, and it likely isn't airworthy any longer. (It is on static display at Edwards AFB.)

So, how would you train a civil pilot to get their A-10 type rating? Would it be a simulator-only exercise, or a long ground school followed by a solo signoff?

• Is your question pertaining specifically to de-mil'ed aircraft or more generally about single seat aircraft that might require a type rating (though I can't think of anything that might meet the criteria and NOT be a former military aircraft)? If it's de-mil'ed aircraft, they're normally registered as experimentals, so I don't think the normal type rating stuff applies. – habu Jul 13 '15 at 12:02
• @habu -- I was asking more generically, but using the A-10 as an example type – UnrecognizedFallingObject Jul 13 '15 at 22:17
• @Federico -- fixed link – UnrecognizedFallingObject Jul 13 '15 at 22:19

The same might apply to aircraft that do have two-seater variants but where the flight school is unable to procure one. If you won the Powerball, and put a chunk of that money into your very own milsurp F-15C (\$38 million a pop back when they were being made and that's in late 1970s dollars), it's highly unlikely your local flight school would be willing to pony up for an F-15D two-seat configuration to train you on it (unless you bought the plane for them with another big chunk of your lottery winnings). They might, however, have a T-38 in their inventory or be able to loan one from the nearby naval air station, which would give you a primer into the capabilities of a multi-engine turbofan ex-military fighter. Honestly, though, if you wanted to fly an F-15, you'll probably want a two-seater, and your CPL, so you could give rides to paying customers and offset the cost of running this beast (typical fuel load without droptanks, 13,500 lbs which is about 1,985 gallons. With Jet A running about \$4.85/gallon, the cost of a fillup would be somewhere in the \$10,000 neighborhood which would give you a cruising range of about 1,000 miles, so you could offer this as a special type of jet taxi).